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St Laurence's Church, Long Eaton
St Laurence's Church,
Market Place, NG10 1LT,
Long Eaton, 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Pevsner's Buildings of England (1986) describes St Laurence's as "behind the Market Place... a low and broad church [which] makes a pretty picture, with its separate north aisle and nave roofs, and its south-western tower", but cautions that this picture is 19th century, and belongs to G.E. Street's rebuilding of 1868. He made the old nave his south aisle and thereby displaced the old western tower. The tower is ashlar faced with diagonal buttresses "and has the recessed spire behind battlements which is so frequent in Derbyshire". The old nave has a Norman doorway with one order of colonnettes. There are also fragments of a Norman doorway (zig-zag, shaft) in the chancel. In 1868, the old chancel became Street's organ chamber, connected with his new chancel by a two-bay arcade. The chancel roof was decorated in 1936 by Wystan Widdows. The stained glass in the Norman window of the south aisle is "the best in the church... undated [but] looks like Hardman's work.

Long Eaton is described in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as "a populous township" on the River Erewash, which was formed into a parish in 1864, being previously a chapelry of Sawley. It increased in size in 1921, when part of the neighbouring parish of Sawley, known as New Sawley, and the hamlet of Wilsthorpe were added. By 1932, it was governed by an Urban District Council, and was lighted by electricity from the Council's works, and with gas from works which were the property of the Long Eaton Gas Company... and was "well supplied with water from works at Stanton Barn, near Melbourne, constructed in 1893" which again were the property of the UDC. There was also a supplementary supply from the works of the Derwent Water Board.

The parish records begin in 1813; the burial register covers the period 1813-1882, so was probably closed to new burials when Long Eaton Cemetery opened in 1884.


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 SK4915733731. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 25 Sep 2013 at 10:37.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:22:05 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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