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St Michael & All Angels Church, Appleby
St Michael & All Angels Church,
Church Street,
Appleby, 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 14th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes St Michael's Church as "a building of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel of three bays, nave of five bays, aisles, and a noble embattled western tower, with spire rising to a height of about 135 feet, and containing a clock and 6 bells, the tenor dated 1619, the rest being of later date". The east window, erected in 1879, is a memorial to the late George Moore esq. and Isabel Clara, his wife. On the south side of the chancel are two memorial windows, one erected to the Rev. J.M. Echalaz, late rector, and his wife, and the other to their children. There is also a memorial window to the Rev. William Simpson Bamber, late head master of the Grammar school, placed in 1891. In the vestry is a marble tomb, with recumbent effigies of great size of a knight in armour and a lady, without name or date, but are supposed to represent Sir William de-Appleby and his wife.

The chancel contains mural monuments to the Rev. A. Mould, a former rector (1683), the Rev. Thomas Mould (1642), and to Elizabeth, wife of Edward Dawson (1765). There is a similar memorial in the south aisle to the Rev. Thomas Mould, many years master of Appleby Grammar School (1796), and affixed to one of the pillars in the same aisle is a marble tablet to the Rev. James Gresley (1766). There are 600 sittings, of which 100 are free. The register dates from 1572 ad is in fair condition. The living was a rectory, which had been held since 1877 by the Rev. Charles Thomas Moore M.A. of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

The Church is Grade II Listed - the account on the British Listed Buildings website mentions a fine set of 19th century wall bracket lamps originally using Colza oil. This is not as exotic as it might first appear, as according to a Wikipedia article, Colza oil equates to rape seed oil, and "was used extensively in European domestic lighting before the advent of coal (city) gas or kerosene".

A acre of land, the gift of G.J. Moore esq. at the west end of the church and adjoining the highway, was consecrated in November 1877, and is used as an additional burial ground. The principal landowners were (in 1895) George John Moore esq.; the Governors of Market Bosworth School, who were lords of the manor (yes, really); and John Mould esq.

In 1895, Appleby was described as a township, large village and parish, partly in the county of Leicester, and partly in the Southern division of the county of Derby. St Michael's Church was in the Leicestershire portion. The Derbyshire portion included Little Appleby, described as a hamlet, ½ mile south of the village; and Appleby Hall, half a mile north-east, and the seat of George John Moore esq. J.P. D.L. The Derbyshire portion was transferred to Leicestershire in 1897, and the parish (commonly known as "Appleby Magna") is now wholly in Leicestershire.


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 SK3150809847. 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 Appleby, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 3 Dec 2018 at 07:55.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 02:47:37 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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