The churches of Derbyshire and the Peak District

The churches of Derbyshire and the Peak District, some as old as the 9th Century, some with spires that are younger than the tower on which they sit, some totally re-built, one that is the highest church in England with a spire...and more. 

Incredible history, incredible architecture and free to visit, photograph and paint or draw. Or to just sit awhile in quiet reflection. Enjoy.

Words by Roly Smith, pictures by Mike Cummins (unless otherwise stated).

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Parish church of St Peter in Parwich

The church dates back for centuries, yet very little is known about this church's Norman origins...
All Saints Parish Church in Bakewell

Dominating the skyline from a hillside perch above the town is the imposing All Saints’ Parish Church...
The Parish Church of St Peter in Hope

The Parish Church of St Peter at Hope dates mainly from the 14th century, and has a stumpy, broached...
Parish Church of St Leonard in Monyash

The Parish Church of St Leonard dates from the 12th century (1198), and is one of the prettiest in the...
The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Chelmorton

England's highest church with a spire. The beautifully situated and well-protected parish church...
St John the Baptist Church in Tideswell

Tideswell’s parish church is known as 'the Cathedral of the Peak' and was described by no less...
Holy and Undivided Trinity Church in Edale

This charming little Victorian Parish Church was built in 1886 and is the third church on the site....
The Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints in Chesterfield

Chesterfield’s best-known attraction is the crooked spire of its parish church – a striking landmark...
Church of St Michael and All Angels in Taddington

This church has been described as 'one of the prettiest and best-proportioned churches of the Peak...
All Saints Church in Elton

The Parish Church of All Saints was completely rebuilt in 1812 after the collapse of the old steeple...
Church of St Michael and All Angels in Hathersage

The Church of St Michael and All Angels stands high on a hillside above the Derbyshire town of Hathersage...
Christ Church in Litton

Prior to the building of this dimunutive church, services were held in the local school....
St Giles Parish Church of Matlock

St Giles’ Parish Church originally dates back to medieval times, but has undergone several changes over...
Parish church of St Mary in Tissington

On an imposing hill opposite the Hall is the splendid 12th century Norman tower of the Parish Church...
Parish Church of St. Mary’s in Cromford

Cromford’s Parish Church of St Mary, built on the orders of Sir Richard Arkwright in 1797, stands below...
St Oswald

Boasting the oldest brass consecration plate in this country and the second oldest in Europe......
Parish church of St Anne in Baslow

Beautiful location near the Chatsworth estate, unusual clockface and flanked by two excellent pubs!...
Parish Church of St Giles in Hartington

The hill-top Parish Church of St Giles is one of the most interesting in the Peak District, with a two...
Parish church of St Barnabas in Bradwell

The picturesque Parish Church of St Barnabas was built in 1868, with the Church School adjacent to it...
Parish church of St Peter in Alstonefield

Hidden from view on the south side of the village is St Peter's Church - a place of worship rich...
The Parish Church of St Lawrence in Eyam

The Parish Church of St Lawerence partly dates from the 12th century and is believed to stand on a Saxon...
St Giles Parish Church, Great Longstone, Derbyshire

Tucked away, just off the main route through the centre of the village and on a back-road from the nearby...
The Church of The Annunciation in Chesterfield

Designed by architect Joseph Harsom, the Annunciation was built in 1854....
St Edmund’s Church in Castleton

A church of Norman origin, St Edmund's was built before the year 1200....
Trinity Church in Buxton

Trinity provides a warm welcome to visitors at its services so whether on holiday, new to Buxton or coming...
St Bartholomew’s Church in Longnor

St Bartholomew’s Church, originally dating back to the Middle Ages, was rebuilt in 1780 - and later raised...
Parish Church of King Charles the Martyr in the Peak Forest

The highly unusual dedication of the Parish Church of King Charles the Martyr gives a clue to its extra...
Parish Church of All Saints in Youlgreave

Youlgreave’s parish church of All Saints, with its magnificent Perpendicular pinnacled tower, dominates...
Holy Trinity Church in Tansley

Halfway along Church Street, built on a slight rise, the Anglican Holy Trinity Church looks down on the...
Holy Trinity Parish Church in Ashford-in-the-Water

Dating back to around 1205 is the grey limestone Holy Trinity Parish Church, largely rebuilt in 1870...
St John the Baptist Church in Bamford

Built in 1861, St John the Baptist Church in Bamford is the only church in Derbyshire designed by renowned...
Church of St Michael and All Angels in Sheldon

Situated at an altitude of 1000 feet above sea level, Sheldon commands extensive views of the surrounding...