Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Wilfrid's Church, Egginton
St Wilfrid's Church,
Church Road, DE65 6HP,
Egginton, 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 the 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

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] Dedicated to St. Wilfrid (AD 634 - 709), one time Bishop of Mercia, the present church dates from the late 13th century, replacing an earlier Norman church, which in turn possibly replaced a Saxon church. The earliest known reference is a mention in the Domesday Book of a church and a priest at Egginton.

The grassy area in front of the church is devoid of gravestones. It is not known if any were once here, but other headstones are in situ either side and at the back of the church.[1]

[Image 2] Several memorials adorn the church walls to various members of the EVERY family, who for many generations held the seat of Egginton Hall. On the wall of the North aisle is a hatchment bearing the arms of Every.

Note the piers of the columns in the north (left) aisle are rounded, whereas those in the south aisle are quatre-foil.[1]

[1] Salter, Mike - The Old Parish Churches of Derbyshire.[2]

[Image 3] The church tower, with what looks like a former doorway, but is possibly where a monument had been?[1]

[Image 4] The information board poses the query:
“An Aumbry or an Easter Sepulchre?”
And continues:

“There is doubt about the use of this cavity.

It is unusually large for an aumbry - the place used for storing the holy oils for baptism, confirmation and the annointing of the sick, which were blessed each year by the Bishop in his cathedral on Maundy Thursday.

An Easter Sepulchre, however, was normally sited on the north side of the altar, but it would have been of this size and shape. It was used to hold the altar cross and the consecrated communion bread from Good Friday until Easter Sunday. A constant vigil was kept from Good Friday until the ceremonial removal of the cross and the Host, symbolising the Resurrection of the crucified Christ.”

Yes, that is a teddy bear you can see in the middle niche![3]

[Image 5] The notice reads:

“All that is known of the defaced figure below - is red sandstone, much perished - is that it was of a male civilian, not a woman. This is confirmed by authorities on Medieval dress.”[1]

[Image 6] The font was built in 1893 in Mansfield stone, to a design by the well known Victorian architect E.W. Godwin. It replaced one made from Bretby stone in 1780, costing 13s. 2d. The traditional position of the font was near the main entrance to receive children into the Church - but this one was only put into the present position after the blocking of the west door in 1891.[1]

[Image 7] The piscina can be found on the wall to the right of the altar.[1]

[Image 8] Situated at the entrance to the chancel, this splendid pulpit, given by Sir Edward and Lady EVERY on the occasion of their silver wedding in 1934, was crafted from oak salvaged from the old Egginton Hall when it was badly damaged by fire in 1736.[1]

[Image 9] Along the back wall of the church showing the aumbry & sepulchre on the left. To the right of that is the arched niche where the effigy lies. Between the effigy and the door stands a restored old wooden bier - a flat topped cart, once commonly used for the transportation of a corpse or coffin from the deceased's home to church for burial.[1]

[Image 10] The cross is displayed in the window of the aisle to the left (north) of the nave. Egginton lying in the flood plain of the River Dove, made it an ideal environment for the growing of willow and osier beds. This, aside from farming, provided work for the making of wicker baskets and besoms from around the 17th century.

Note the hatchment for the EVERY family on the left wall.[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 SK2675327845. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Egginton, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


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

1. Information provided by Janet Kirk.

2. Information provided by Janet Kirk/Rosemary Lockie.

3. Transcription provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 29 Jan 2013 at 12:44.

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