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St Michael & All Angels Church, Brimington
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Church Street / High Street, S43 1JG,
Brimington, 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 before 1535, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 records that the ancient church of Brimington was pulled down in 1808 and completely rebuilt, at an expense of £842 13s. 11d. with the exception of the tower, previously rebuilt by Joshua Jebb in 1796. The present church of St Michael dates from 1847, and is "a building of stone, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles and a western tower, considerably raised in 1847, and containing a clock and 3 bells". Inside the church is a memorial to Rev. Henry Audsley, vicar of Chesterfield (1723), and a window at the east end of the chancel to Mrs. Mills, of Tapton Grove, d.1893. There are 550 sittings. The register dates from 1775, "and there is also a copy made in 1801 of some dilapidated registers. The living was then a rectory in the gift of the vicar of Chesterfield, and held since 1888 by Rev. Edward Keane Blumhardt B.A. of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

The British Listed Buildings website provides the further information that an engraving of 1785 exists showing a small late-medieval church. "It was replaced by a new church in 1796 at the expense of Joseph Jebb, of which only the tower has survived". The rebuilding in 1847 was by Joseph Mitchell, an architect from Sheffield. There is a reproduction of the engraving in the booklet on the Church's history available for download from St Michael & All Angels website, which also makes reference to a document from the time of Henry VIII (1535) confirming the existence of the chapel at that time.

Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers records that Brimington was originally a chapelry of Chesterfield, licensed only for baptisms and burials, until 1833, when it was licensed for marriages. It became a separate parish in 1844. The original registers they hold begin in 1813, so the fact that Kelly records a register beginning in 1775 is curious, to say the least. Interestingly by the time of Kelly's Directory of 1932, the date for the commencement is 1794 - perhaps the church mice were very hungry!

Kelly's Directory of 1932 provides additional information about the War Memorial, erected in April 1921 to the men connected with this parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918; it stands out against the east window of the south aisle, and represents the figure of a Christian soldier. The whole cost was borne by R.F. Mills esq. J.P.

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 SK4049973544. 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 4 Dec 2013 at 08:47.

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