Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Leonard's Church, Monyash
St Leonard's Church,
Church Street,
Monyash, 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 1198, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 records Monyash - "in Domesday "Maneis", situated among the hills" - as a village, chapelry and township, with One Ash, 5 miles from Miller's Dale station on the Ambergate and Manchester section of the London, Midland and Scottish railway, and about 1¼ east from Hurdlow station on the Buxton and Parsley Hay branch of the same railway, 5 south-east from Bakewell and 8 from Buxton.

The church of St Leonard (says Kelly) consists of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower with an octagonal spire, containing 3 bells, the second of which is of ancient date, with an invocation to the Virgin, and the first and third respectively dated 1732 and 1656. The bells were recast and rehung in 1909, at the expense of Samuel Needham esq. of Lower Eaves, Chapel en le Frith. In the south wall of the chancel are three graduated sedilia under a Norman arcade, prolonged towards the east so as to include a piscina under the fourth arch. Over the tower arch hang the royal arms of George II. The bowl of the font is a panelled octagon, bearing on one panel a quatrefoil, and on another a shield of arms of the Bovill family. The bowl rests on a central shaft surrounded by four smaller ones rising from a heavy spreading base. In the south aisle is a transept or chantry. Some portions of the tower are Early English.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/15/25) for "1. St Leonard", "2. the church of an ancient chapelry" recorded an estimated congregation on March 30th of 32 in the morning and 80 in the evening, with 40 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. It was completed by Henry C. Smith, its Minister, who gave his address as "Monyash, Bakewell".

About 1904 a stained window was placed in the chancel by the Misses Berry of Bakewell, as a memorial to the Rev. G.A. Berry, a former rector, and Mrs Berry.

The parish records date from 1701. The living (in 1932) was a vicarage in the gift of the vicar of Bakewell, and had been held since 1922 by the Rev. Arthur Reginald Eyles M.A. B.D. of Hatfield Hall, Durham. In the centre of the village is a granite pillar, on the base of which are inscribed the names of the men connected with this parish who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918.

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 Leonard's Church is to be found a short distance to the south of the square, and in the aptly named Church Street. The church was founded at an early date, but until 1848, Monash was one of the many chapelries of Bakewell.

Apparently according to The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland , 1868, Monyash is mentioned in Domesday Survey as being “a place of penal settlement for ill-behaved monks”, though as far as I can tell all it says is that it was one of the 8 outliers of Bakewell, along with Haddon, Holme, Rowsley, Burton, Conkesbury, ‘One Ash’, and Over Haddon.

What remains of the village cross stands in the centre of the Village Green. It dates from 1340, when the village was first given the right to hold a weekly market, and a twice-yearly fair.

Our Peakland Villages, The Peak Advertiser, 1986.[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 SK1514366462. 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 6 Jan 2015 at 15:35.

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