Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Werburgh's Church (formerly St Mary), Spondon
St Werburgh's Church (formerly St Mary),
Church Street, DE21 7LL,
Spondon, 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 after 1340, and we understand it is still open.

Mike Salter, in his booklet The Old Parish Churches of Derbyshire (1998) describes St Werburgh's as an almost complete church of the decade after 1340, when the old church was destroyed by fire, and the villagers were exempt from taxation whilst it was being rebuilt.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1895, it was formerly known as St Mary's but was five years previously (1890) discovered to have been dedicated to St Werburgh. It consists of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, north porch, chiefly of the Decorated style, and an embattled western tower with a spire 114 feet high, of the Early English period, containing a clock and 6 bells. In the north aisle there is a mural monument with female bust to Elizabeth, wife of Henry Gilbert of Locko, and daughter of Sir John Bernard, of Abington, ob. 15 Jan 1665. Pevsner mentions windows in the south aisle having "fanciful flowing tracery of different designs", whilst the chancel has ogee-reticulated windows, the north aisle also having windows with reticulated tracery.

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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 SK3980435911. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 10 Feb 2013 at 15:51.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 10:33:04 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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