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St Andrew's Church, Stanley
St Andrew's Church,
Station Road,
Stanley, 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.

"The church of St Andrew, a small and ancient edifice of stone, consists of chancel, nave, vestry and a turret on the western gable containing 2 bells dated 1661 which were recast and re-hung in 1922". The small round-headed Norman door in the south wall gives evidence of the existence of a church here in the 12th century: a small lancet light near it is Early English, as are some other features of the building, which was no doubt rebuilt about 1200. The east window and those inserted in 1877 are in the Decorated style. The nave has a small piscina and there is an octagonal 14th century font. The carved oak pulpit is of Jacobean date: on the floor close to the pulpit is a brass, inscribed to Sir John Bentley. knt. "of the pryory of Bredsall Parke", ob. 1621. The stained east window, erected in 1908, is a memorial to Edwin Canner esq. J.P. There are also two small stained windows. The church was restored and partially rebuilt in 1874-5 at a cost of £640, the chancel being enlarged and a chancel arch erected. A half-timbered porch was erected as a memorial to the parishioners who fell in the Great War, 1914-18. The church affords 200 sittings. [Source: Kelly's Directory (1932)]

St Andrew's Church is also a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. Their account provides the additional information that the 19th century restoration was by Evans & Jolly; that there is a monument on the south side of the nave to Rachel Radford, d.1779 and John Radford, d.1788, which is a slate panel with a fluted urn against an obelisk back plate; a painted panel in the chancel with a list of names of the church's Singers, dated 1765; and painted Royal Arms of William IV on the west wall.

Rachel is known to have been the grand daughter of non-conformist minister John HIERON; her Will was proved in 1784. Her husband John's Will was proved the same year he died, 1788. Their daughter Martha married Joseph GODDARD, son of John GODDARD of Tideswell, clerk. Joseph became a minister of the Church of England - events recorded in Tideswell parish register indicate that in 1766, when his first wife Sarah Hill died, he was vicar of Wirksworth, and in 1768, when their infant son died, he was vicar of Horsley. He married Martha Radford at Horsley in 1769.

Further information on the history of St Andrew's is available on the Covenant Churches of West Hallam, Stanley, Stanley Common and Mapperley (WSSM Churches Together). The group comprises three Anglican, two Methodist and one joint Anglican/Methodist church in 4 adjacent villages.


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 SK4193040415. 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 Stanley, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 3 Feb 2019 at 12:33.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 02:00:32 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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