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St Mary the Virgin's Church, Newton Solney
St Mary the Virgin's Church,
Church Lane, DE15 0SR,
Newton Solney, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

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Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Newton Solney is a small parish and village on the east bank of the River Trent at its junction with the River Dove, both of which (in 1932) separated Derbyshire from Staffordshire. The Church of St Mary the Virgin was, according to Kelly's Directory of 1932, founded in the 12th century, and "a picturesque building of stone, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with octagonal spire, containing 3 bells". A doorway in the north aisle and some fragments of the original chancel are of Norman date. The Early English period is illustrated by several lancet windows in the same aisle, but the greater part of the church belongs to the Decorated period, including the arcades of the nave, the east window and the tower and spire. During the Perpendicular period the walls of the nave were raised and a clerestory constructed, the roof being flattened. There is a small piscina niche in the south wall of the chancel, and an octagonal font of the 14th century. There is a mutilated stone effigy of a knight in armour, probably 13th century, placed against the wall of the south aisle. Another knightly effigy, now headless, dates from about 1275. At the west end is a recumbent alabaster effigy, in good preservation, of a knight in armour, on an altar tomb of the same material, and dating from the last quarter of the 14th century. These three monuments are supposed to represent members of the Solney family who resided here in the 13th and 14th centuries. At the west end also is a large marble monument to Sir Henry Every bart. d.1709. There is a monument in the churchyard to Thomas Gayfere (d.1827), a skillful master mason employed by the architect James Wyatt, who restored Henry VII's chapel and the Hall at Westminster. The parish records date from 1589.


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 SK2792425774. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Aug 2013 at 14:23.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:29:21 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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