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
The fine polished granite tomb of the Reverend Charles Kerry, who died in 1908. The bells carved on the tomb reflect the fact that he bequeathed the money to enable the building of the tower and the provision of the bells.
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
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Monday, 10 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4066 4412 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:59.5724N 1:23.7417W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4066 4412
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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