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Listed Building record MDR4305 - St Saviour's Church, Foremark

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Foremark and Ingleby (see also SMR 21701) are both mentioned as chapels of Repton in the confirmation charters of 1271 and 1279. In 1650, the report of the Parliamentary Commissioners indicated that the Foremark chapel was to made a parish church, and the Ingleby chapel was to be disused. In 1662, a new church was consecrated at Foremark by Bishop Hackett. In the preliminary recital, Henry Archbold, diocesan registrar, addressed the Bishop with the details of this new consecration. He announced that the inhabitants of Foremark and Ingleby had formerly each had a chapel of ease, owing to the distance from the mother church. He described how the present chapel of Ingleby was so ruinous that it was not fit for use, but the inhabitants were too poor to pay for repairs; and also that the Foremark chapel was so utterly ruined that they were left without a place to worship. In addition, neither chapel had the right of burial; and so it was proposed that a minister be supported at a new church in Foremark. Permission for the demolition of the Ingleby chapel was granted, on the condition that the wood and stone be re-used in the building of the bell-tower and churchyard wall of the new church at Foremark. This church is dedicated to St Saviour, and is a small plain building, consisting of nave, chancel, and a low west tower. It is built in a debased Perpendicular style. The font is thought to be of Early English date, and is therefore likely to have come from one of the earlier chapels at Ingleby or Foremark. (1) Mr C S Greaves writes to Cox (1879) stating that 'when the present church (at Foremark) was in contemplation, the then Baronet told the inhabitants that if they would like to draw the stone for the church, he would build it wherever they liked; but if they would not, he would build it where he liked. They refused, and accordingly it was built where it is most convenient for the Hall, and most inconvenient for Ingleby'. (2) Foremark Church, built 1660-1662, was restored in 1956. (3) In normal use (1966). (4) St Saviour's Church was built completely in 1662 by Sir Frances Burdett, and has kept most of its original furnishings in tact. The exterior is still entirely Gothic. The interior has a rich rood screen, which is still wholly Jacobean in character, except that the steep, big, central pediment is characteristic of the mid 17th century, and has a panel of 17th century stained glass. (5) A grade I listed parish church dating to 1662. It is built of sandstone ashlar, with the roofs hidden behind battlemented parapets. It comprises west tower, nave and chancel. There is a 19th century brick vestry on the south side of the tower that is not of special interest. See list description for more details. (6) The bells of St Saviour's Church are of historical significance due to them being a full collection all made by the same founder. They were cast in 1668 by G Oldfield of Nottingham. (8)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Cox, J C. 1877. Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. III. pp 443-5.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Cox, J C. 1879. Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol IV. p 530.
  • <3> Article in serial: Osman, L. 1956. Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society.
  • <4> Personal Observation: F1 JB 25-JUL-66.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Derbyshire. 2nd ed., revised. pp 216-7.
  • <6> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. Original UID: 82726.
  • <7> Index: Trent & Peak Archaeological Trust (TPAT). Trent & Peak Archaeological Trust Index: 2042. 2042.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Church of England. 2007. Identification of bells and bell frames of historic significance.



Grid reference Centred SK 3297 2647 (26m by 10m) Centre

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Jan 26 2024 11:51PM

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