Listed Building record MDR9809 - All Saints Church, Alderwasley

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The church, which stands just within the park-gates, is a handsome edifice of stone, built by the late Francis Edward Hurt, Esq., in 1850, at a cost of £2,300.00. It is cruciform in plan, with a tower on the west side of the north transept. A lofty pointed arch resting on fluted pilasters separates the chancel from the nave. In the east wall is a three-light pointed window. The floor inside is laid with ornamental tiles. In 1846 some workmen were digging up the roots of an old tree in the Bacon Meadow where they found an earthenware jar containing about 8lbs of clippings of silver coins of the reigns of Elizabeth, James I and Charles I. A few of the clippings were retained as curios by Hurt, the rest were converted into the chalice, paten and alms dish. (1) All Saints Church is a Grade II Anglican Church built 1849-50 by H I Stevens. It is constructed from ashlar gritstone, rising from a shallow plinth, with a continuous band course linking cills, a continuous carved corbel table, and coped gables with moulded kneelers. There are crucifix finials to gables, and a graduated slate roof. It is built in the Early English style. It has a nave with a shallow sidewall porch, north and south transepts, a north sidewall tower, and chancel. (2) The vicar and parochial church council of Wirksworth bought the church from the Hurt family in 1930, when it came under diocesan jurisdiction for the first time as part of the parish of Wirksworth. (3) The church contains an organ considered to have outstanding musical and historical qualities pertinent to the World Heritage Site. It was presented by Mr A F Hurt of Alderwasley Hall and placed in the north transept. It was a lavish organ, both tonally and visually, and still functions virtually unaltered. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T. 1895. History, Topography & Directory of Derby. p 608.
  • <2> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1335348.
  • <3> Article in serial: Christian, R. March 1991. 'The Village of Alderwasley' in Derbyshire Life and Countryside. Vol. 56, No. 3. p 57.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Tomkins, R (Derby Diocesan Adviser on Organs). 2007. Letter to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Officer re the Derwent Organ Heritage.



Grid reference Centred SK 3255 5321 (27m by 21m)

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Oct 1 2021 2:09PM

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