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All Saints Church, Sawley
All Saints Church,
Tamworth Road, NG10 3AT,
Sawley, 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 822, and we understand it is still open.

The following information was provided to GENUKI by June Spooner of Canada in 1998:

"I am told that in early days, there was a place of worship on the All Saints site built of rushes. A later wooden building took its place, presumably in Saxon times, with the present day stone building begun by the Normans. A Norman archway still remains, but the tower and spire are 15th century. The gold weathercock on the top of the spire was placed by the local people in the 1940's, collecting money for it by subscription, one collection method being that it was driven around the local streets and any child could pat it and give it a spin on payment of a penny. The church contains memorials to the Bothe family, including an effigy of John Bothe, who was Treasurer of Lichfield Cathedral".

Kelly's Directory of 1895 confirms that a church existed in Sawley previous to 822. It describes All Saints as "an ancient edifice of stone, restored and added to in the 13th century, which comprises chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, wide aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with lofty spire, containing a clock and 5 bells". The chancel arch, the masonry above it, and the north wall of the chancel are supposed to be Saxon, the latter showing distinct traces of herring-bone work. The aisles are partly Early English, with pointed arches and octagonal piers; several of the windows are of the Decorated period, and the tower is early 15th century Perpendicular. The carved Jacobean pulpit is dated 1636. An ancient oak screen separates the nave and chancel. The parish records date from 1654, but the period 1691-1697 is "defective".


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 SK4724631361. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 23 Sep 2013 at 15:13.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:34:57 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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