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St Saviour's Church, Foremark
St Saviour's Church,
Church Field Lane, DE65 6EJ,
Foremark, 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 before 1271, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes Foremark as a township and parish, and St Saviour's Church as "a small and plain building of stone in a debased Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave and a low embattled western tower containing 4 bells, the first two dated 1668 and the others 1660 and 1662 respectively". The chancel is divided from the nave by a high glazed oak screen of singular design. The communion table is a slab of grey marble, measuring 5 feet by 3 feet 6 inches, supported on a wooden frame, and is the identical table consecrated by Bishop Hacket. The font, apparently Early English, consists of a bowl on a pillar-shaped base. A gallery was erected in 1819 at the west end. On the tower and the south exterior wall of the church are sundials, one of which is dated 1650. An oak lectern was added in 1920, in memory of the men from the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. There are 170 sittings. The parish records date from 1662. Pevsner's Buildings of England mentions communion rails of wrought iron, dating from about 1710 by Robert Bakewell, and also - "probably an early work by Bakewell" - the Gate to the avenue which leads from the east end of St Saviour's to the Hall. The Church had been built by Sir Francis Burdett, and Bakewell's patrons, the Cokes of Melbourne, were cousins of the Burdetts.

The Burdetts had a long association with Foremark. St Saviour's Church was built in 1662, by Sir Francis Burdett, though according to Jim Jarratt's webpage "The Anchorage Church, Foremark" on his website of Ivory Towers And Dressed Stones, a chapel at Foremark was mentioned as early as 1271. Foremark Hall was built between 1759-62 by Sir Robert Burdett, M.P. apparently on the site of an earlier building. "The style is the correct Palladian of the period, the design a smaller, simplified version of Isaac Ware's Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire, of 1754". In 1932 it was the seat of Maj. Sir Francis Burdett bart. D.L. J.P., lord of the manor and sole landowner. It was described as "a fine stone mansion, surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs". In the grounds is a lake of considerable dimensions. It was used as a military hospital during WWI, and by the Army in the Second World War, and by the Army in WWII, according to Jim Jarratt's above-mentioned webpage; however it is now the home of Repton Preparatory School.

There are some delightful photographs of St Saviour's in Aidan McRae Thompson's Flickr Photostream.


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 SK3297426470. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Foremark, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 8 Dec 2013 at 08:40.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 02:08:12 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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