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St Swithin's (or St Swithun's) Church, Holmesfield
St Swithin's (or St Swithun's) Church,
Main Road,
Holmesfield, 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 after the 9th century, and we understand it is still open.

The ecclesiastical parish of Holmesfield was formed in 1857 from the parish of Dronfield. St Swithun's church was rebuilt in 1826 on the site said to have been occupied by churches since the 9th century. It is "a plain building of stone, consisting of chancel, erected in 1898, nave, with north and west galleries, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing one bell". The register of baptisms dates from 1724, marriages 1720-53, and burials from 1724, but "is very imperfect at the commencement".

The Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/) for "St Swithen" gives an estimated congregation on March 30th of 12 at morning service, 70 in the afternoon, and 30 Sunday Scholars at both morning and afternoon class. It was completed by Thomas Hirst, Perpetual Curate, of Dronfield, Sheffield, who also mentioned the re-erection in 1826.

Holmesfield is an ancient manor, and at the time of the Domesday Survey was in the hands of the Deincourts. At the dissolution of the monasteries, the tithes (then in the hands of the Prior of Lenton, Nottingham) were granted by Henry VIII. to William Coffin. Coffin was executed in the following reign of Edward VI. for participating in the Devonshire risings, after which they were given by the King to his "trusty friend and counsellor Sir William de Cavendish". But in 1912, when Kelly's Directory was published, from which the above history has been condensed, the lord of the manor was the Duke of Rutland.

At the time, Cartledge, Horseley [sic] Gate, Millthorpe and Lydgate were said to be places in the parish.


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 SK3206277691. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Dec 2014 at 13:58.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 04:41:55 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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