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All Saints Church, Mugginton
All Saints Church,
Church Lane, DE6 4PG,
Mugginton, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

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Church History

This Place of Worship was founded before 1066, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 relates that Mugginton is "an extensive parish on an acclivity and comprises the townships of Weston Underwood, Ravensdale Park and Mercaston" . It was then 4½ miles west from Duffield station on the Midland railway, and 7 north-west from Derby. The township of Mugginton was transferred to Hulland Ward and Weston Underwood Townships in 1886.

All Saints Church consists of "chancel, nave of four bays, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles and containing 4 bells; the 3rd and 4th, dated 1512, are said to have been brought from the suppressed priory of Breadsall; the 1st and 2nd bear date respectively 1721 and 1659". The tower, apart from its late battlements, is much the same as it was in the Norman period, although the original round-headed doorway has been blocked up and another opened in the south wall. In 1891 the west wall between the tower and nave was opened and a fine arch of presumed Saxon date discovered. Traces of Early English work are seen in the small doorway of the south aisle, c. 1250-75. The south doorway and porch, and the four pointed arches on octagonal piers forming the arcade of the south aisle belong to the Decorated period. The south aisle was lengthened to form a chapel, separated from the chancel by two pointed arches during the Perpendicular period. The font is 14th century work, hexagonal in shape, and bears an inscription. A good oak screen, of Perpendicular tracery, in fair preservation, divides the aisle from the chapel.

In the south chapel is an altar tomb, 4 feet in height, covered with a slab of Purbeck marble, inclosing a figure in brass of a knight in plate armour, with a heavy sword, his bare head resting on a helmet and his feet on a lion; around his neck is a collar of SS. with a portcullis as a pendant, and by his side a lady in a long flowing garment and mantle, tied with tasselled cords. At the angles are shields with the arms of Kniveton impaling other coats, and at the base the figures of four sons (a fifth being missing), also in armour, and one daughter. Only a fragment of the ribbon inscription remains, but the tomb is known to be that of Nicholas Kniveton, of Mercaston and Underwood, d.1400. The brass is probably c.1475. Other shields of arms are on the sides.

Against the west wall of the aisle is an inscription to Hugh Radcliffe, of Islington, "haberdasher of hatts" to Charles I. (1678), and at the west end of the aisle a mural monument to the Rev. S. Pole, a former rector (1758). Other monuments of some antiquity disappeared during the renovation of 1845. The interior of the chancel was restored in 1888 at the cost of the vicar. There are 300 sittings, all free. In the churchyard is a very large yew tree, planted in 1735. The parish records date from 1764.

Mention is also made of a church library, which is (or was) "principally of the 16th, 17th and early part of the 18th centuries", consisting chiefly of theological and classical works.


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 SK2833342874. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 8 Dec 2013 at 14:44.

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