Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church, Somersall Herbert
St Peter's Church,
adjacent Somersal Herbert Hall,
Somersall Herbert, 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.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 explains that "Somersal Herbert" (also called Church Somersal) was formerly a chapelry of Sudbury, but was formed into a rectory in the early 15th century. The Somersal brook flows through the parish. The church of St Peter is an Early English building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a western tower containing a clock and 2 bells, cast in 1874. In a recess under a window on the north side of the chancel is the upper part of the recumbent effigy of a priest in eucharistic vestments, with his head on a cushion, the hands folded, and below them a chalice. It is supposed to represent Robert-by-the-Broke, the earliest known rector of Somersal, 1428. In the chancel is a mural monument to John Fitz-Herbert and his wife Mary (1691). In 1896 a window was erected to Col. Richard H. FitzHerbert, d.1885, and there is one to Thomas and Elizabeth Robotham, inserted in 1873.

The font, of Norman date, is a circular block of gritstone, carved with an encircling arcade of semicircular interlaced arches and a boldly defined border above, and probably belongs to the third quarter of the 12th century. Near the church is a well preserved specimen of an Early English churchyard cross, with steps and shaft complete, the cross being mutilated. It was restored in 1923. A lych gate was erected in 1923 as a memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. The parish records date from 1537.

Somersal[l] Herbert Hall, was, in 1932, the seat of Nicholas Hepburn Fitz-Herbert esq. It is "an ancient and picturesque half-timbered mansion, with ornamental gables and modern additions, and belongs to the Fitz-Herbert family, in whose possession it has remained since early in the 13th century". In the entrance hall are two wooden slabs, with the inscriptions (when read together) "ANNO DNI / 1564 IHON [John] / FYTS HER / BERT AND / ELEN HYS / WYFE IHS".

Like St Peter's Church, the Hall is now a Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

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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 SK1360835157. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Somersall Herbert, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 11 Oct 2013 at 16:32.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:54:55 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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