Derbyshire Places of Worship

Holy Trinity Church, Tansley (1) (30k) Holy Trinity Church, Tansley (2) (32k) Holy Trinity Church, Tansley (3) (31k) Holy Trinity Church, Tansley (4) (31k) Holy Trinity Church, Tansley (5) (29k) Above Photograph(s)
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Holy Trinity Church, Tansley
Holy Trinity Church,
Church Street (east side),
Tansley, 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 1840, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes Tansley as a parish, 1½ miles east from Matlock station and 150 miles from London. By an order of the Derbyshire County Council of 1923, the civil parish was incorporated into the urban district of the Matlocks. The ecclesiastical parish was created in 1844 from the parish of Crich; however the boundaries were altered in May 1865 to include part of Matlock parish (The Cliff, Riber and Lumsdale), now attached to Tansley for ecclesiastical purposes.

The church of the Holy Trinity, erected in 1840, is "a building of stone, consisting of nave of three bays, north aisle, west porch and a western tower with pinnacles containing a clock and one bell". It was restored and reseated in 1869, when the north aisle was added. Mention is also made that of the 270 sittings, 200 are free.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/8/20) for "Holy Trinity - District Chapelry" recorded a total of 263 sittings, 153 of which were free. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 65 in the morning, and 89 in the afternoon, with 108 and 103 Sunday Scholars respectively. It was completed by Melville Holmes, Minister, whose address was "Tansley, Matlock".

The parish records date from 1840. The living in 1932 was said to be a rectory in the gift of the vicar of Crich, and had been held since 1890 by the Rev. John Brodie Stuart Mais L.Th. of Hatfield Hall, Durham.

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] A relatively new church - built in 1839 and consecrated in 1840. Prior to that, Tansley was part of the parish of Crich. It became a separate parish in 1854, and (according to Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers) acquired Lumsdale (called ‘Linno Dale’ in Kelly's Directory of 1895), Matlock Cliff and Riber from Matlock in 1865.[1]

[Image 2] “An insight into how Holy Trinity church looked at the time it was built can be gained by visiting Christ Church at Hulland, not many miles from Tansley. Christ Church was also designed by John Mason from Derby and was completed in 1838 just two years before Holy Trinity”.[1]

[1] This thought-provoking quotation is from a History of the Church on Holy Trinity Church, Tansley website. The site also has Indexes of Baptisms & Marriages, for 1840-1899, and Burials 1840-2002.[1]

[Image 3] The interior of Holy Trinity Church, Tansley is really bright and cheerful.

On this photograph of the altar, one would expect there to be glass in the arched window behind it. However, an information board says the window contained sign-painted boards of the ten commandments and a decision was made to cover these boards.[2]

[Image 4] The Organ Gallery, at the west end of the Church is above the front door.

Note also the Royal Coat of Arms, attached to the front of the gallery. Unsually, perhaps it is made in cast iron.

The dark rectangle on the left side of the gallery records the gift of Mrs. Edward RADFORD, wife of Edward RADFORD, Esquire, of Tansley Wood, the Founder of the Church, of a piece of land “for the maintenance, support, or benefit of the National School established in this Parish”. The inscription is recorded in full, together with those on other boards in the Church, on a separate web page.[2]

[Image 5] The Inscription on this board, and on both War Memorials, together with recordings from other boards in the Church, are listed on a separate web page.[3]


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 SK3227359912. 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.

2. Information provided by Janet Kirk.

3. Transcriptions provided by Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 21 Jan 2015 at 15:19.

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