SK4641 : Church of St Mary, Ilkeston

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

Church of St Mary, Ilkeston
Church of St Mary, Ilkeston
The nave, looking west from the chancel screen.
Church of St Mary, Ilkeston
The church as it stands today mirrors the expansion of Ilkeston in the 19th century as an industrial town.

It comprises aisled nave with chancel and west tower, the chancel being flanked by a large former chantry chapel on the north side, and a substantial vestry on the south side.

As with many churches, the exterior is largely Victorian in character. By the middle of the 19th century, the medieval church was substantially dilapidated. The steeple had been destroyed by lightning in 1714 and the chancel roof collapsed in 1741. Major restoration completed in 1855 included the rebuilding of the tower and reconstruction of St Peter's Chapel on the north side of the chancel. This had also collapsed in 1714, and the fine 14th century arcade, blocked up since them, was opened up again.

In 1910 the nave was extended by three bays, the tower being dismantled and re-erected. The final stage of building was an expansion of the vestry on the south side of the chancel, completed in 1920 and dedicated as a war memorial.

Of particular note are:
- the three eastern bays of the south aisle arcade. Dating from the late 12th century in Transitional style, they have pointed arches but have Norman Chevron moulding and stiff-leaf decoration to the capitals. The equivalent bays on the north side are Early English, and were copied for the 1910 extension.
- the arcade into St Peter's Chapel, dated to 1386. The capitals are decorated with a remarkable series of Green Man faces.
- Early English 3-bay sedilia and attached piscina in the chancel
- the 13th century effigy of Nicolas de Cantelupe, also in the chancel

The church is Listed Grade II*.
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
Friday, 28 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 2 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
Period (from Tags)
12th Century  13th Century  Early 20th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4653 4173 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:58.2549N 1:18.5156W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4655 4173
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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