Parish Church of All Saints in Youlgreave
...originally built in the 1100s
Youlgreave’s parish church of All Saints, with its magnificent Perpendicular pinnacled tower, dominates the main street, and is widely regarded as one of the finest in the Peak.
The original Norman church was built in Youlgreave in around 1130-50 A.D.
Inside, the impressive south arcade is late Norman in date, later extended to the west without aisles. The whole nave is crowned by a clerestory which beautifully lights up the interior.
The splendid chancel is graced by some fine monuments, the best of which is the centrally-placed tomb and charming quarter-sized armoured alabaster effigy of Thomas Cockayne, who was killed in a teenage brawl in 1488. His head rests on a cockerel, an amusing pun on the family name.
In the north wall is the early 14th-century unidentified cross-legged effigy of a bearded knight holding his heart in his hands. Other monuments include a beautiful oblong panel to Robert Gylbert who died in 1492, his wife and their 17 children.
On the north wall opposite the entrance is a delightful cameo of what is thought to be a little stone pilgrim, carrying his staff and bag.
The east window and the south window in the chancel are both among leading Victorian Arts and Crafts exponent Edward Burne-Jones’s stained glass masterpieces, and there are others by Kempe in the north aisle and south nave.
Rev Garrie C Griffiths
The New Vicarage
Tel: 01629 630409
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015