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St Mary, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

(53°4′56″N, 1°34′17″W)
SK 288 540
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Derbyshire
now Derbyshire
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Celia Holden
  • Jennifer Alexander
  • Louisa Catt
  • Olivia Threlkeld
02 Sept 2014

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Feature Sets

In the 13thc the church was rebuilt throughout in the Early English style, and in the later centuries additions were made in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles. Victorian improvements were also carried out under Gilbert Scott. The church is 152 feet long, with a crossing tower and spire and transepts, and a chancel with aisles. The original Norman features are architectural and sculptural fragments in the North and South walls. Pevsner notes that a close study of these fragments may yield quite some information on the lavish appointment of the predecessor of the 13thc church.


The Domesday Book records that Wirksworth possessed a priest and a church. The church was annexed to the deanship of Lincoln Cathedral, which was in the patronage of the bishop of Lincoln. It was the dean who presented to the vicarage. The church was worth £70 in 1292.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


These fragments suggest a Romanesque church with extensive ornament, at least one door and perhaps a corbel table. The fragments seem to suggest a mid-12thc date.


J. Charles Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. 2, Chesterfield and London 1877.

Claire Hartwell, N. Pevsner, E. Williamson, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, New Haven 2016, 656.