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St Lawrence's Church (formerly St Michael's), Heanor
St Lawrence's Church (formerly St Michael's),
Church Street, DE75 7AH,
Heanor, 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 1279, and we understand it is still open.

A reference in Kelly's Directory of 1932 indicates St Lawrence's Church was previously known as St Michael, and a comparison of earlier directories indicates the change took place sometime between 1895 and 1912. It was given to Dale Abbey by Henry, Lord Grey of Codnor in 1473, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles with arcades of four arches and a lofty embattled western tower dating from 1279, with modern pinnacles, containing 8 bells and clock with four illuminated dials; the third and fourth bells were of an early date, others being dated (1) 1781, (2) 1634, (5) 1686, but all were recast and the three later ones added in 1902. The church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1868. There is a memorial dated 1715 to Samuel Watson, the principal artist engaged in the elaborate wood carving at Chatsworth, who was born at Heanor, and is buried in the church. There are others to the Munday family; a brass to John Clark, of Codnor, d.1641, and a tablet erected in 1888 to the Rev. Conyngham W.G. Corfield M.A. rector 1880-6. The stained east window was erected in 1883 to the Rev. Frederick Corfield, rector of Heanor, 1868-79), and others to John Sutton Ray esq. (1868), Miss Frances S. Ray and Samuel Woolley. There is also a window, presented by their parents, in memory of Capt. James Cattle and Lt. Eustace N. Cattle, who were killed in the Great War, 1914-18. In the churchyard is a cross erected to the men of this parish who fell in the Great War.

In 1932, Heanor parish included Langley Mill, Langley, Marpool and Aldercar, and was governed by an Urban District Council.


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 SK4358846439. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 27 Oct 2013 at 14:57.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:17:58 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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