Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Chapel of St Mary & St John the Baptist (Ruins), Yeaveley
Chapel of St Mary & St John the Baptist (Ruins),
Stydd Lane,
Yeaveley, Derbyshire.


We don't know whether this Church 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 1190, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

The entry in Kelly's Directory of 1895 for Stydd informs us that "in the reign of Richard I, Ralph le Salter gave the Benedictine hermitage here, dedicated to SS. Mary and John the Baptist, to the Knights Hospitallers, whereupon it became a preceptory of that order, to which Sir William Meynell, lord of the town A.D. 1268, was a great benefactor". This preceptory was granted 35 Henry VIII (1543) to Charles, Lord Mountjoy. There are still considerable remains of the chapel consisting of a portion of the south walls and vestry, with several graceful lancet windows and clustered pillars with richly foliated capitals, these details showing beyond doubt that they belong to the original chapel erected temp. Richard I.; there is also, close to the chapel wall, a font of the same period, and on the sward a coffin slab incised with a floriated cross and a sword. "The Hall adjoins these ruins, and has at one time been moated; it was restored some years since and is now occupied as a farmhouse" - "now" being 1895, but the same may well be true in the present day.

Pevsner says it was founded c.1190. It is a Grade I Listed Building, and a scheduled Ancient Monument.


Now or formerly Knights Hospitallers.

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 was located at OS grid reference SK1720439989. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 12 Feb 2013 at 12:40.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 19:49:10 GMT from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:33.

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