Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Michael's Church, Breaston
St Michael's Church,
Main Street (south side), DE72 3DX,
Breaston, 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 1350, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes St Michael's Church as erected in 1350, and "of stone, and consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, and a western tower, with octagonal spire, dating from 1357-9, and containing 3 bells, the upper stage of the tower being lighted by double lancets on each side". There is a piscina in a niche on the south wall of the chancel. The font is simply a bowl of Derbyshire alabaster, supported on a fluted column and dates from 1720. An organ was added in 1878, and a clock in 1887, "in compliment to Mrs. Stevens of Breaston, on the completion of her 100th year". In the south aisle is a stained window to William Halliday, d.1871. There are traces of a fine Norman doorway, in good preservation, on the exterior of the north wall, suggesting the church was founded before 1650!

The parish records date from 1750.

Breaston St Michael with Risley (formerly a curacy in the parish of Sawley) was created ecclesiastical parish in 1868. Risley became a separate parish in 1897.


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 SK4600433503. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 12 Sep 2013 at 14:43.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 21:22:31 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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