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St Michael & All Angels Church, South Normanton
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Church Street / Fordbridge Lane, DE55 2BT,
South Normanton, 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 1137, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes South Normanton's Church as "supposed to have been dedicated to St Michael", though there does not appear to be any doubt about this. The Diocese of Derby website dates it to 1137. Kelly's Directory describes it as "an edifice in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, organ chamber and vestry, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and containing a clock and 5 bells, dating from 1654 to 1813". The doorway on the south side is Norman. The arcade of three arches on two octagonal piers separating the nave and aisle is also of that period, during which the greater part of the fabric underwent much alteration. The windows are mostly Perpendicular, to which style the tower also belongs, and may date from 1440. Four crocketed pinnacles were added in 1813. The chancel retains two piscinae in its south wall and has a stained east window; there is another stained window at the west end. In the north aisle is a large tomb to Robert Revel (1714) and Ann his wife, and in the porch an incised slab of the 12th century. The south aisle, organ chamber and vestry were added in 1878, when the church was "entirely rebuilt with the exception of the tower and north aisle". During the restoration, a very perfect priest's door, with dog-tooth mouldings, was discovered in the south chancel wall, and now forms the arch to the vestry door. A chancel screen was erected in 1902. In 1932 there were 450 sittings. The parish records date from 1540, and contain a copy of the order for keeping parish registers.

The Blackwell Colliery Company and the South Normanton Colliery Co. Limited had coal pits partly in the parish; the latter, which opened for working in 1893, was employing "600 hands".

There is a very large, and atmospheric, graveyard at the rear of the church.

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 SK4422056959. 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 8 Aug 2013 at 14:19.

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This Report was created 21 Jul 2017 - 21:10:36 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jun 2017 at 08:14.

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