Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Anne's Church, Baslow
St Anne's Church,
Calver Road,
Baslow, 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 1315, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 records that Baslow was formed into a civil parish on 13 July 1869 from Bakewell parish, and includes the hamlet of Bubnell. It describes it as 8 miles west from Chesterfield, 12 south-west from Sheffield, 4 north-east from Bakewell, and situated on the east bank of the river Derwent, over which is an ancient stone bridge of three arches leading to Bakewell, and a bridge erected by the Derbyshire County Council in 1925. Unlike other towns and villages Kelly makes no mention of the nearest railway station. I wonder why that was.

St Anne's Church, "charmingly situated on the eastern bank of the river Derwent, is a building of stone consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles with arcades of four arches, south porch, and a low tower at the north-west angle with octagonal broach spire and containing a clock and 6 bells". There are five stained windows, four being memorials. The oldest existing portion is the tower and spire, erected at the close of the 13th century. The nave may be attributed to the 14th century, and its west window is a good specimen of the Geometric period. The rood loft, sedilia, some stained glass, and a memorial to Robert Eyre, existing about 1730, have disappeared.

In the north wall of the aisle is an iron plate in an oaken frame, with an inscription to Thomas Marple, 1742; and there are some small mural brasses to the names of Oddy and Grundy (1753-1790). The chancel has a mural monument to the Rev. John Barker M.A. for 30 years incumbent of Baslow (1824), and his eldest son, the Rev. Anthony Auriol Barker M.A., who succeeded his father, and held the living for the same length of time; another to the Rev. J. Stockdale M.A. 48 years vicar (1907), and one to the Right Rev. Frederick Barker D.D. some time vicar of Baslow, and Lord Bishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of Australia (1854-84). He was born at Baslow in 1808, and died at San Remo in 1884. Built into the west wall of the porch is a coffin slab of the 13th century bearing a floriated cross.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/20/35) for "Christs Church, Chapelry in the Parish of Bakewell" was completed by Edward Synge, Officiating Minister, of Baslow, for an estimated congregation on March 30th of 116 in the morning, and 141 in the evening, with averages of 150 in previous months.

A new chancel and vestry were built in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of H.M. King George V. The churchyard is very pictureque, owing to a fine row of stately elms on the side adjoining the river [probably lost in more recent times to Dutch Elm Disease], with old yews and trees here and there, and contains some ancient stone coffins and a few curious slabs of stone. The registers, once in a dilapidated condition, were thoroughly repaired by the authorities at the British Museum. They date from [1569], and "contain numerous irrelevant interpolations". The living was (in 1932) a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Duke of Devonshire, and had been held since 1928 by the Rev. Alfred Edward Drew M.A. of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Stockdale Institute, a building of stone erected in 1900, contains reading, billiard and recreation rooms.

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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 SK2519272310. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 8 Jan 2015 at 11:04.

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