SK4044 : Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley

taken 8 months ago, near to Smalley, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley
Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley
View from the east.
Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley
At first glance, a typical Victorian restoration or new build.

In practice the church is neither restored medieval nor entirely Victorian new build.

The nave is the oldest part of the church, built in 1793 as a complete replacement for the utterly dilapidated medieval structure. Transepts were added in 1844, the porch, in Norman style, in c.1850, the chancel rebuilt and aisles added (to replace the transepts) in 1863 and the tower added in 1912. There are marked variations in stone colour identifying the different stages of build.

Interior fittings are largely from the 1863 restoration when it seems that the church was reorganised to suit 'modern' liturgical practices of the period.

The porch is probably the most striking feature of the exterior, with its neo-Norman motifs including coiled mouldings and grotesque hood stops. This was originally located at the west end, where its outline can still be seen, and moved to its current location when the tower was built in 1912.

The tower is distinctively of the Art Nouveau period in its proportions, although very plain.

The rest of the church is typically Victorian Gothic in a mix of Early English and Decorated styles.

The church is Listed Grade II.

The church's own website has a detailed historical description LinkExternal link
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Period (from Tags)
Late 18th Century  Mid 19th Century 
Style (from Tags)
Victorian Gothic 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4064 4413 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:59.5779N 1:23.7595W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4069 4414
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Parish Church  Grade II Listed 

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