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St George & St Mary's Church, Church Gresley
St George & St Mary's Church,
Church Street,
Church Gresley, 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 1140, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 tells us that "there was a priory of Austin canons here, founded c.1135-40 by William de Gresley or Fitz-Nigel, and dedicated to SS Mary and George; a portion of the arcade of the aisle and the tower of the existing church are now the only remains". The church of SS George and Mary, appropriated at an early date to the priory, formed part of the monastic buildings, the nave being used by the parishioners and the chancel by the Austin canons as the priory chapel. Shortly after 1816 the church was repaired, the ruins of the priory to the east being swept away, the outer walls of the church almost entirely rebuilt and windows and a door of a debased character inserted. The building is of stone, and now consists of chancel, nave, north aisle and an embattled western tower of the 15th century, containing 3 bells, dated 1639. The chancel had been destroyed soon after the Dissolution, and in 1839 its site was purchased as an addition to the churchyard, but on the restoration of the church in 1872, a new chancel was built on the original site. Of the priory church only the tower and two Decorated arches of the arcade, supported by an octagonal pier, now remain.

The parish records date from 1574. Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers provides details, listing the Church under "Gresley". Gresley included the townships of Church Gresley (with its chapel of ease, Holy Trinity) and Drakelow. It also included most of the townships of Donisthorpe and Oakthorpe until 1838, the township of Swadlincote until 1849, and the townships of Linton and Castle Gresley until 1984.


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 SK2932918105. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 23 Jun 2011 at 19:14.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:55:05 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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