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St James's Church, Smisby
St James's Church (link to Church's website)
Forties Lane / Annwell Lane,
Smisby, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

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 1068, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes St James's Church as "a building of grey sandstone, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 2 bells, dated respectively 1617 and 1622". It was chiefly erected in the 14th century, with the tower, in Perpendicular style, added towards the close of the 15th century. The nave is separated from the aisle by three low pointed 14th century arches, and has a flat roof supported by seven moulded tie beams. The chancel and tower walls are panelled with oak of 16th century date, carved in the linen fold pattern. In the chancel is a handsome monument to Henry Kendall, d.1627, with kneeling figures of himself and his wife, nine sons and seven daughters below and an inscription. Against the west wall is a large alabaster slab with the figure of a lady sculptured in slight relief and an inscription, now almost defaced, identified as the monument of Joan, daughter and heiress of Comyn of Smisby, and wife, first of William de Shepey, and afterwards of Sir William de Bakepuz - she died 3rd March 1350. The parish records date from 1679.

Webpages on the Smisby Village Website record that the foundation of the building was laid earlier than recorded above. Their account says the first building was a chapel built in 1068 by the Monks of Repton - this now forms the south aisle. It also records that the above-mentioned Joan Comyn became the owner of the manor of Smisby after her husband William Shep[e]y (who she'd married in 1300) died, and she added the nave and chancel.

The church is situated on top of a rounded hill, on one side of the junction of Forties Lane with Annwell Lane and Main Street. The War Memorial, a stone cross, erected originally as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918, is set on one side of the grassy triangle where the roads meet.

The return for St James to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/414/2/7/12), for a total of 20 free sittings, and 160 appropriated sittings was completed by Benton Dawes, the Registrar "from my own Knowledge". He also completed the returns for Hartshorne "from inquiry".

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SK3479519129. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 16 Oct 2013 at 12:00.

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