Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Peter's Church, Parwich (1) (35k) St Peter's Church, Parwich (2) (28k) St Peter's Church, Parwich (3) (32k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Peter's Church, Parwich
St Peter's Church,
off Creamery Lane, DE6 1QL,
Parwich, 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 12th 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] The present church of Parwich is a rebuild in 1872, of an earlier building dating from Norman times. Fortunately, some parts of the old church were retained, and the tympanum above the original south doorway, which so impressed J.C. Cox, when he wrote about it in the mid-nineteenth century, survives over the west entrance to the present church. Unlike Herefordshire tympani, which often show “Christ in Majesty”, this one tells its story using figures of animals. It was sketched in 1872 by Llewellynn Jewitt, and his sketch was published in The Reliquary Vol XXI p201-4, 1880-1.

Also of interest is the fine carving on the lid of the Parish Chest. The Chest was discovered in the boiler house underneath the church in the late 1900s, but only the lid could be saved of the original. It was dated as 17th century, and the guide booklet for the church suggests it was the work of an itinerant wood carver who travelled from church to church, specialising in such work.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 says the rebuilding of the church was at the expense of Sir T.W. Evans, and is very glowing in its praise of the new church.[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 SK1882854347. 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 Parwich, 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 28 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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This Report was created 5 Sep 2021 - 07:54:51 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 3 Feb 2021 at 08:33.

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