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Holy Trinity Church, Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave
Holy Trinity Church,
Main Road, DE4 2LW,
Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave, 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 1839, and we understand it is still open.

The Church of the Holy Trinity is a Grade II Listed Building. The British Listed Buildings website records that it was built for William Pole Thornhill, and opened in 1839.

The corresponding return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/24/43) was for a "Private Chapel, Licensed by the Bp. of the Diocese" in the Township of Stanton, Parish [of] Youlgreave - "the Parish Church being two miles distant this was erected by the Founder for his own [use], & the accomodation of his tenantry, and others". This was "by William Pole Thornhill Esq. at his own cost - and by whom the Minister is paid". The estimated congregation on March 30th of was 60, and the form was completed by John Fisher Garrett, B.A., the Officiating Minister, who gave his address as "Elton Parsonage, Matlock". He remarked that there is only a single service in this Chapel, Morning and afternoon alternately, & the afternoon congregation usually doubles, or more than doubles, that in the morning".

Stanton in Peak was formerly a chapelry of Youlgreave, but became a separate parish in 1876, created mainly from the ancient parish of Youlgreave, but partly out of the parish of St Katherine's, Rowsley. The church had been dedicated to the Holy Trinity, and was "consecrated with the adjoining cemetery by the Right Rev George Selwyn, DD, Bishop of Lichfield on 29 September 1875". Its first vicar was Rev. Arthur Wolfe Hamilton-Gell, who was appointed vicar of both Stanton and Rowtor Chapel, in Birchover. According to Crockford's Directory, he was vicar of Stanton in Peak from 1875 until 1880.

Pevsner's Buildings of England describes it as having a spire and transeptal chapels. Inside, as gifts of members of the Thornhill family, are a Holy Water Stoup, of bronze, dated 1596, and a Tabernacle, "of very good Florentine Quattrocento style, with praying angels in three tiers above each other, used to hold a dedication inscription for the church". A monument to Henry Bache Thornhill, 1822, is "an imitation of the Florentine Quattrocentro, very skillfully done, probably c.1860-70".

As an aside, John Fisher Garrett's entry in Alumni Cantabrigienses indicates he was born in Suffolk, and admitted to Queens College in 1826, obtaining a B.A. in 1833. He was ordained at Lichfield in 1836, and was perpetual curate of Elton from 1836-79, and Minister of Stanton and Rowtor chapels, 1836-75. He was the father of Fydell E. (1884) and Rhoda, "the feminist".


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 SK2412664261. 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 Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 10 Jan 2015 at 15:27.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:32:13 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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