St Edmund’s Church in Castleton
...lying at the foothills of Peveril Castle
A church of Norman origin, St Edmund's was built before the year 1200.
The Church was largely restored in 1837 and the dates on several of the stained glass windows are from around this date.
It may have been built originally as a garrison church to the castle and features a broad Norman chancel arch and a pinnacled tower. Inside are some well-preserved 17th century box pews and a valuable Breeches Bible of 1611.
The church is a focal point of Castleton Garland, or Oak Apple Day celebrations – a unique custom which takes place annually on May 29.
On Oak Apple Day, a Garland of fresh flowers is paraded through the streets before being hoisted to the top of Saint Edmund's Church Tower, where it remains for a week.
This ceremony celebrates the Pagan rite signalling the end of Winter, and also the restoration of Charles II to the English throne in 1660 after the rule by Oliver and Richard Cromwell.
Last Updated: 6 May 2015