St Giles Parish Church of Matlock

...medieval landmark

St Giles’ Parish Church originally dates back to medieval times, but has undergone several changes over the years - most notably in the 18th century when alterations largely destroyed the original structure.

Those who had a hand in reshaping the church included Peter Nightingale – a forbear of nurse Florence Nightingale – and Richard Arkwright, pioneer of the industrial revolution.

The church today is a testament to its history, steeped in the lives of those who have met there over the centuries. The most ancient part remaining is its Norman font, which was relegated to the rectory garden during Victorian refurbishments, but rescued and restored in 1924. 

St. Giles' was once the Parish Church for the whole of Matlock and Matlock Bath for many centuries - until the churches of All Saints on Matlock Bank and Holy Trinity in Matlock Bath were built to meet the needs of the expanding population.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015