Derbyshire Places of Worship

Christ Church, King Sterndale (1) (37k) Christ Church, King Sterndale (2) (34k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Christ Church, King Sterndale
Christ Church,
between A6 and A515,
King Sterndale, 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 1848, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes "Kingsterndale" as on the river Wye, 3 miles east from Buxton station on the Derby, Matlock and Buxton sections of the Midland railway and 9 north-west from Bakewell. Christ Church, erected in 1848 is a small building in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a turret containing one bell. The chancel is lighted by three stained lancet windows, there are two at the west end, and there were then 130 sittings. The living was described as a vicarage in the gift of the Misses Pickford (who were amongst the principal landowners), and had been held since 1890 by the Rev. George Allen Dawson.

Interestingly, the account also mentions an ancient stone cross. Little did the compiler guess that some 40 years later, in 1937, it would be restored by its parishioners to commemorate the coronation of King George VI! This is revealed in a photograph of The Butter Cross, King Sterndale on the Geograph website.

Details for visiting Christ Church - a "haven of peace in a busy world", may be found on the Parish of Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale website.

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] The name “Sterndale” derives from stæner dæl - stony dale, or valley - with the King prefix because it belonged to the royal manor and forest of the Peak; whereas Earl Sterndale was established by Henry de Ferrers, Earl of Derby, on land given to him by William the Conquerer.

Christ Church was built in 1848, and King Sterndale became a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1851, though it wasn't until 1898 that it became a separate civil parish, encompassing areas which were previously in the civil parishes of Bakewell and Hope.[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 SK0932371707. 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 King Sterndale, 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 Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 18 Dec 2018 at 13:36.

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