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Listed Building record MDR12903 - St John the Baptist's Church, Main Road, Smalley

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St John the Baptist's Church, Main Road, Smalley, built in 1793. 'The chapel at Smalley, which is dedicated to St John Baptist, was erected in 1793, and considerably enlarged in 1844. It is a neat stone edifice in the form of a cross, is well pewed, and has a turret with one bell.' (1) 'The church at Smalley is dedicated to St John the Baptist. It was erected on the site of an old chapel in 1793. In 1844 north and south transepts were added, but they were removed in 1862, when north and south aisles were erected. The present [1895] chancel was built in 1863 by Mary Buttle Radford. Ms Radford died in 1882, and a three-light window depicting Faith, Hope and Charity was erected to her memory in the south aisle. The brass lectern was presented by Mrs Bradshaw in memory of her husband, who was rector of the parish for 13 years.' (2) 'Smalley was originally a parochial chapelry of Morley. The old chapel at Smalley was built of light red sandstone, with repairs carried out in brickwork. It also had a 15th century timbered roof, and apparently had a good quantity of stained glass. The chapel was replaced in 1793, although this 18th century building has since had substantial alterations. Norman style transepts were added in 1844, but were removed again in 1862 when the north and south aisles were added. A chancel was built in 1863 to replace the original apse. The west tower was designed by Curry & Thompson, and is in the Arts and Crafts style with a pyramidal top.' (3) The bell in St John the Baptist's is of historical significance. Dated to 1796, it is the example of the work of a rare London founder, Old John Warner. (4) From the National Heritage List for England: 'PARISH OF SMALLEY MAIN ROAD SK 44 SW 5/55 (West Side) CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST Church II Parish church. 1793, aisles added 1844, porch added c1850, chancel rebuilt 1863 and tower added 1912. Sandstone ashlar, with random coursing to the tower, and sandstone dressings, also with continuous moulded sill stringcourse and plinth with moulded copings to chancel. Slate roofs with stone coped gables, except belled pyramidal tower roof of plain tiles. Nave with north and south aisles, lower chancel with side bay to west, south porch and tower to north-west corner of the nave. West elevation of nave has a blocked, central, semi- circular headed doorcase with single light semi-circular headed window above. To either side, the aisles have single light windows with ogee headed lights, pierced spandrels and hoodmoulds with carved head labelstops. Attached to north of north aisle is the tower which has wide corner pilaster strips and a louvred timber framed bell chamber below the eaves. West elevation of the tower has a segmental arched doorcase with a pointed inner arch and double doors. To south is a foundation stone inscribed 'To the Glory of God. This stone was laid May 25 1912'. North and south facades have pairs of trefoil headed lancets under single relieving arches. North nave aisle has three 3-light flat headed windows with ogee headed lights, pierced spandrels and hoodmoulds with carved head labelstops, also low buttresses between the windows and a diagonal buttress to east end. Eastern end of the aisle has a similar 2-light window to those facing north and beyond to east the chancel has a moulded lancet with hoodmould. East window is a stepped triple lancet in moulded surround, with outer mouldings on thin attached shafts, also with continuous hoodmould,and gableted angle buttresses to either side. South side of chancel has a Y- traceried window with hoodmould and south aisle has a 2-light east window similar to that on the north aisle. South elevation has two 3-light windows similar to those on north aisle and beyond to west is a neo-Norman porch, which has a cable and zig zag moulded semi- circular headed doorcase with scalloped capitals and grotesque label- stops to hood. Each side of the porch has a roll moulded semi-circular headed window with scalloped capitals. To either end of aisle there are diagonal buttresses, there are also low buttresses between the windows. Interior has three bay north and south arcades of wide, double chamfered pointed arches on columns with moulded bases and capitals. Similar style chancel arch, except soffit moulding rests on polished marble corbels with stiff leaf capitals. Roofs all C19. Pews, choir stalls, reredos, octagonal stone pulpit and screen to eastern part of north aisle all c1863 with cusped panelling. C15 style stone font to west end of nave, on octagonal stem, also of c1863. Chancel has an enamelled brass plaque inscribed 'This church was erected to the honour and glory of God by Mary Brittle Radford, wife of John Radford Esq of Smalley AD 1863'. Also in the chancel are several wall memorials, including two slate and white marble ones to the Radford family of c1822 and 1834. Similar style memorial of c1768 to the Richardson family in the chancel and another in the south aisle of 1813 with urn to top. Other memorials mostly in enamelled brass and late C19. Vivid c1863 stained glass to all chancel windows and a Pre-Raphaelite style east window to south aisle of c1882. West windows also have stained glass, central one with glass of c1896 and flanking ones, dated 1974. North aisle east window has glass of c1951. To west end of nave is a carved oak war memorial. Listing NGR: SK4064144135 This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 17 August 2017.' (5)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: White, F & Co.. 1857. History, Gazetteer & Directory of the County of Derby. 299.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. 596-597.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: I A H Combes. 2004. Anglican Churches of Derbyshire. 154.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Church of England. 2007. Identification of bells and bell frames of historic significance.
  • <5> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England.



Grid reference SK 40641 44135 (point)

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Jun 26 2024 5:07PM

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