SK3547 : Church of St Peter, Belper

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

Church of St Peter, Belper
Church of St Peter, Belper
The interior looking east, showing the galleries on both sides. The sanctuary end of the church was re-styled in 2012 to suit a more informal liturgical style than the one that had been introduced in the latter part of the 19th century.
Church of St Peter, Belper
This is one of the Commissioners' Churches, built in 1822-4, one of the earlier ones to be built under the terms of the Church Building Act of 1818. Prior to this Belper was part of the parish of Duffield, and although there was a small medieval chapel of ease dedicated to St John, this was no longer adequate for the rapidly expanding town. The architect was Matthew Habershon, and the foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Devonshire.

The church consists of a single large space of 6 bays comprising nave and chancel, with a short extension for the altar at the east end flanked by lower vestries. There is a fine western tower which is unusually slender for its height. It rises to 100 feet but is only 20 feet wide at the base, and less at the top. The corner turrets were originally surmounted by crocketed pinnacles. The external style is an amalgam of Decorated and Perpendicular motifs.

Internally the church was fitted out in low church style, with galleries supported on cast iron columns. The organ dates from 1853, with later modifications.

The church is Listed Grade II; the churchyard wall is separately Listed Grade II

The paths to the church and the perimeter of the churchyard were planted with lime trees at an early stage. These have now grown to maturity and this makes the church difficult to appreciate in the round.
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)
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
Early 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3509 4767 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:1.5106N 1:28.6973W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3506 4767
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Parish Church  Church Interior  Gallery (Church)  Grade II Listed 

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