SK4044 : Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley

taken 1 year ago, near to Smalley, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley
Church of St John the Baptist, Smalley
Ancient yew in Smalley churchyard. This is thought to be some 800 years old,implying that there has been a church on the site much earlier than the present one of 1793. Chains and rope strapping have been added at varying times between 1846 and 1978. Also, it has clearly been severely droughted recently with only a very small amount of green growth at the top of the bole.
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
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4064 4411 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:59.5671N 1:23.7597W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4066 4411
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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