Building record MDR2633 - St Michael's Church, Church Lane, Kirk Langley

Type and Period (2)

  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1300 AD to 1900 AD)
  • ? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1350 AD)

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Full Description

The church at Kirk Langley, which is dedicated to St Michael, consists of nave, north and south aisles, chancel, and tower at the west end. The greater part of the church is of the Decorated style, circa 1300-20, when the church was evidently rebuilt throughout, although there are traces of Early English work in the north aisle. The general character of the tower is Decorated but the battlements are probably later. Up to 1839, the chief entrance was on the north side of the church, where there was a porch, and there is now a window in its place (1879). There is another former doorway near the east end of the chancel. The use of this doorway is not known, but Cox suggests that there may have been a small vestry here at one time. The chancel still retains, externally, its high pitch, but the walls above the nave arcades were raised in the 15th century. (1) St Michael's Church is an ancient edifice of stone that was built chiefly in the Decorated style. It appears to have been rebuilt on the site of an older church in the early part of the 14th century. The fabric was considerably damaged by a storm in 1545, when a portion of it was blown down, and the lead was stripped off the roof. The vestry was built, according to an inscription, by Godfrey Meynell in 1824. Certain structural alterations and repairs were effected in 1840; the south aisle was re-roofed, a gallery was built, and the whole church was re-pewed. A thorough restoration was carried out in the late 19th century. The old pews, which stood with their backs to the chancel, have since been superseded by chairs. (2) There is a cross base and shaft at SK 2865 3888 (see SMR 22115). (3) This church has an early 14th century chancel and north aisle. The west tower is Perpendicular. It has been suggested that the church is mentioned in IPM of 1272, Robert Fitznicholas and 1291 taxation roll. (4) A grade I listed parish church dating to the early 14th, late 14th, and 16th centuries, with restoration work carried out in 1839 and 1885 by Bodley and Garner. It is built of coursed squared sandstone and sandstone ashlar, with sandstone dressings. It has lead and plain tile roofs, with stone coped gables. See list description for more details. (5) The 'squint' in the north aisle looks into the side chapel. (6) The bell frame in St Michael's Church is of historical significance. Dated to 1679, it is an early example of the work of Wm Noone of Nottingham. (7)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Cox, J C. 1879. Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol IV. pp 268-79.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. pp 758-9.
  • <3> Personal Observation: F1 JB 26-JUL-66.
  • <4> Index: Trent & Peak Archaeological Trust (TPAT). Trent & Peak Archaeological Trust Index: 2488. 2488.
  • <5> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1109095.
  • <6> Photograph: Derbyshire Archaeological Society. Squint, north aisle chapel, Kirk Langley.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Church of England. 2007. Identification of bells and bell frames of historic significance.



Grid reference Centred SK 286 388 (30m by 21m) (Centred on)

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Mar 14 2017 2:21PM

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