Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Mary's (formerly St Michael's) Church, Crich (1) (31k) St Mary's (formerly St Michael's) Church, Crich (2) (39k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Mary's (formerly St Michael's) Church, Crich
St Mary's (formerly St Michael's) Church,
Cromford Road,
Crich, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1135, and we understand it is still open.

"The Church of Crich in the County of Derby is an ancient Parish Church placed in an Elevated and Commanding Position, Patron Saint, St Michaels" - so says the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129446/4/4/17/). All the sittings were free - a total of 600. The average congregation was 12 to morning service and 80 in the afternoon, with 40 Sunday Scholars to each - which gave cause for the Curate, C.B. Dunn, to say "in past years a much neglected Parish - now progressively improving".

In comparison, Pevsner, in Buildings of England, describes it as quite an important church". It was referred to as St Michael's as late as Kelly's Directory of 1932, but in common with all sources in the present day, Pevsner refers to it as St Mary's - it is not known when the dedication changed.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] St Mary's Church stands on a high point in the surrounding countryside, and its guide book suggests that “we can imagine that this was a hilltop pagan worship site before Christianity came to this part of England, and that round the worship centre a community grew up. Perhaps the curved wall by the Churchyard gate was part of the boundary of that side, for those worship areas were often circular.” The guide book further explains that the settlement spread to the south-east, towards Fritchley in more recent times. In early days of habitation, and when it first became a market town, Crich was based around the church, with the main settlement being the area from the Town End (where the Tramway Museum is) to the crossroads below the church, with just a few buildings and an old manor house where the Market Place is now.[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SK3479754652. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 18 Oct 2010 at 17:55.

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