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All Saints Church, Dalbury Lees
All Saints Church,
Dalbury, DE6 5BR,
Dalbury Lees, 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 the 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes Dalbury's Church as "an ancient edifice of stone in the Later English style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled belfry on the west side containing 2 bells, dating from 1650". There are some richly stained windows, one of which, displaying a figure of St Michael, is supposed to date from the 13th century. The font has a curiously carved cover. There are 129 sittings. The parish records date from 1545. The living was then a rectory, united with the vicarage of Long Lane, in the gift of R. De T. Sneyd esq. and the Vicar of Sutton on the Hill alternately, and (in 1932) held since 1889 by the Rev. John Joseph Wardale B.A. of Jesus College Cambridge.

DALBURY (or Dawbry) and LEES then formed a joint township and parish, in the hundred of Appletree, rural district of Repton, rural deanery of Longford, archdeaconry and diocese of Derby.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/375/2/7/7) records that "Dalbury Church is a Norman Church; the name of which is All Saints. It is a very handsome CHurch & in perfect repair". Evidently it was quite small, as there were just 157 sittings, of which 75 were free. The average congregation, to morning service only, was 55, with 20 Sunday Scholars. The return was completed by the Rector, Revd. Charles Evelyn Cotton, and he remarked that "it must be observed that two thirds of the population live near two miles from the Church & the population so small that there is duty only once a day as they could not attend more & the duty is alternate morning and evening with another Church Trusley a mile distant".

The Revd. Cotton was also Rector of Trusley - for which see the separate entry in this database.


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 SK2634934282. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 28 Aug 2013 at 14:30.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:33:11 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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