Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Michael & All Angels Church, Stanton by Dale
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Church Lane (off Stanhope Street), DE7 4QA,
Stanton by Dale, 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 1350, and we understand it is still open.

Stanton by Dale is a parish and village on the borders of Nottinghamshire, and contains Stanton Gate, 1½ miles from the village centre. Kelly's Directory of 1932 recorded "extensive iron works here, belonging to the Stanton Iron Works Company Limited". It described St Michael's Church as "a building of stone possessing some Early English features, but rebuilt, or considerably altered, about 1350", consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, vestry, organ chamber, south porch and a western tower, with pinnacles, containing 6 bells. The east, and one other chancel window, and the arcades of three arches separating the nave and aisle, belong to the Decorated period. The tower is rather Late Perpendicular, not earlier than 1475. There is a piscina niche, with trefoiled head, on the south side of the chancel, and another within the arch opening from the aisle into the chancel chapel, having above it a half-length figure under a crocketed canopy. The font is an octagon, "uniquely carved and of Decorated date". There are some fragments of incised crosses on the outer wall of the chancel.

There are monuments to Matthew Pilkington, prebendary of Lichfield (1765), with arms, and others of that family; to Katharine, daughter of Humphrey Wolffreston and wife of Ralph Thicknesse (1662); and to Edward Holt (1606), "who died at the great age of 100". The stained glass in the east window was presented by J.A. Longden esq. in memory of his parents.

The parish records date from 1604, and are generally in good condition, but "the earlier part is a copy from an older book and contains a statement that the entries under 1606 could not be read". The living was then a rectory, with the donative of Dale Abbey annexed since 1702, in the gift of Earl Stanhope, and it had been held since 1927 by the Rev. Finlay Sanderson M.A. of University College, Oxford.

The Earl of Stanhope was the lord of the manor, and the Stanton Iron Works Co. were the principal landowners.

If one has cause to wonder why "by Dale", the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/444/4/9/22) has the answer. The return is for "St Michael's Stanton juxta Dale Abbey", and it was completed by J.G. Howard, the Rector, of Stanton Rectory, on 31st March 1851.

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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 SK4648338140. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 18 Sep 2013 at 16:00.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:53:24 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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