Building record MDR9817 - St Peter's Church, Church Lane, Belper

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St Peter's church was built in 1822, for £11,921.00. According to Bulmer (1895) it is "a handsome stone edifice in the Gothic style of the 14th century, built on an elevation above the town, and comprises nave, chancel, and western tower. Its dimensions are 101 feet by 56 feet, and 30 feet high, and its accommodation 1,600. The stone of which the building is constructed was from Hunger Hill quarry. The tower is 100 feet high and 20 feet square at the base, with stone buttresses at the angles, finished at the top with octagonal pinnacles. The bells (six) were hung in 1861. The nave is embattled, and pinnacles adorn the four corners. The chancel is a deep recess, abutting at the east end. The east window is of five lights, tracery headed and filled with stained glass. A gallery runs round three sides. At the west end of the church are three entrances, one in the centre of the tower, and one either side, and six perpendicular Gothic windows grace each side wall". (1) St Peter's Church is a Grade II Church of England parish church built in 1824 and restored in 1884. The architect was Mathew Habershon and the designs were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1824. It is constructed from local gritstone from Hunger Hill Quarry and is in a decorated style. It has a west tower, nave sanctuary and galleries. The commissioners plan is now modified by the use of part of the nave as a chancel. The sanctuary contains wall tablets to members of the Strutt family and there is also a monument to George Brettle of 1835 by Sir Richard Westmacott. The church is on the hillside and the tower forms a prominent landmark. (2) The church contains an organ considered to have outstanding musical and historical qualities pertinent to the World Heritage Site. It was built by William Holt of Bradford and was installed in the west gallery in 1853. It had a third keyboard added in 1873. A splendid early Victorian instrument in an impressive Gothic case, it was restored twice in the 20th century and is the oldest surviving large church organ in Derbyshire. (3)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T. 1895. History, Topography & Directory of Derby. p. 626.
  • <2> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1087376.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Tomkins, R (Derby Diocesan Adviser on Organs). 2007.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 3507 4767 (43m by 22m)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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Dec 21 2018 9:27AM

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