SK3547 : Church of St Peter, Belper

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

Church of St Peter, Belper
Church of St Peter, Belper
The east window.
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.
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Sunday, 9 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 July, 2017
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Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3509 4767 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:1.5106N 1:28.6973W
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