SK3435 : Church of St Luke, California, Derby

taken 6 months ago, near to Derby, Great Britain

Church of St Luke, California, Derby
Church of St Luke, California, Derby
North door with memorial inscription to Bishop Lonsdale.
Church of St Luke, Derby
For a church which is Listed Grade II*, the Listing description is remarkably uninformative, being simply:
“Late C19. Early English Gothic style. Stone. Nave, chancel with polygonal apse and aisles. South-west lever. Undergoing restoration 1974/5. “
(”lever” is a mis-transcription for “tower”!)

The church was erected between 1868 and 1871 to designs by local architects Henry Isaac Stevens and Frederick Josias Robinson. Although essentially Gothic in concept, it does not seek to mimic medieval styles. It was built as part of the High Church movement and retains this style of worship to the present day.

The church comprises a wide nave with narrow aisles and apsidal chancel, the latter slightly raised over a crypt. A tall tower over a south porch is capped with a saddleback roof with ornately decorated gable faces.

Around the tower at the corners at the base of the bell chamber are four groups of 3 statues, possibly representing the 12 apostles. A pair of larger statues representing bishops stand in niches on the south face of the tower. These could represent the then current Bishop of Lichfield, George Selwyn, who consecrated the church, and his predecessor John Lonsdale (d.1867) who would have been responsible for commissioning the church and is memorialised on the arch of the north door.

The west doorway comprises two lancet doorways within a large arch of three orders, the inner of which frames the two doors creating a large tympanum in which there is a fine circular sculpted panel of the Ascension.

According to the diocesan web page for the church, the tower contains the heaviest ring of 8 bells in Derbyshire, and is the 13th heaviest ring of 8 bells in the world. The Tenor bell weighs 30cwt 3qtr 2lbs.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 February, 2019   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Period (from Tags)
Late 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3431 3563 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.0201N 1:29.4714W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3430 3564
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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Parish Church  Church Doorway  Inscription  Grade II(star) Listed 

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