Building record MDR12685 - St Andrew's Church, The Green, Swanwick

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  • (Victorian to Edwardian - 1859 AD to 1902 AD)

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A church, dedicated to St Andrew, was erected in Swanwick in 1859, chiefly through the instrumentality of the late Francis Wright, Esq., of Osmaston Manor. It is a handsome Gothic edifice of cut stone, and consists of chancel with vestry on the north, nave, with north and south aisles, and bell turret on the western gable. The interior is elegantly furnished in pitchpine to accommodate 420 persons, 316 seats being free. The pulpit, lectern, and reading desk are of oak, beautifully carved. (1) A church dating to 1859-60, by Benjamin Wilson of Derby, for Sir Francis Wright. The tower was built by Naylor, Sale and Woore in 1902. The church is built of coursed squared rock faced sandstone with ashlar dressings. It has slate roofs with lapped stone coped gables on moulded kneelers, plus ridge crosses. It has a four-bay nave with north and south aisles, north tower, and a two-bay chancel. The gabled west elevation of the nave has a central moulded pointed doorcase, with inner keel moulding on nookshafts, and a hoodmould with head stops. Above is a large pointed four-light Geometrical traceried window, and to the top of the gable is a large head corbel supporting the ridge cross. There are stepped angle buttresses to the corners, and beyond to either side are the recessed aisles, each with a two-light Geometrical traceried pointed window and a stepped buttress to the corner. The three-stage tower has a gabled 20th century addition to the east. There is a deeply-moulded pointed doorcase to the north that has double doors with Art Nouveau ironwork. Above to either side there are pairs of shields. Buttresses have 1902 lanterns in Art Nouveau style. The west side of the tower has a circular staircase tower with slit windows up to the second stage. Also to the second stage are two clock faces. Inside, the fittings are all late 19th century, including an octagonal stone font. There is one large wall monument to Francis Wright with Gothick aedicule, c. 1880. See list description for more details. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. p 615.
  • <2> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1311140, UID Ref: 79160.



Grid reference Centred SK 4043 5321 (32m by 30m)

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Oct 20 2014 2:27PM

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