The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Chelmorton
13th century tower...
England's highest church with a spire. The beautifully situated and well-protected parish church of St John the Baptist is built into the hillside of Chelmorton Low and is one of the most interesting in the Peak District.
The elegant 15th-century spire recessed onto its 13th-century tower is topped by a weathervane in the form of a locust – a reminder of the Baptist’s time in the wilderness.
Parts of this lovely grade 11 listed church, including the south arcade, date from the early 13th century and it boasts the real rarity of a complete 14th-century Perpendicular-style stone chancel screen.
In the stone-vaulted south porch is a gallery of early sculptures and grave slabs, some of which may be Saxon, like the broken shaft of an old cross in the sloping churchyard.
Church of St John the Baptist
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015