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The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

A Grade I Listed Building in Eckington, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.3132 / 53°18'47"N

Longitude: -1.353 / 1°21'10"W

OS Eastings: 443203

OS Northings: 379784

OS Grid: SK432797

Mapcode National: GBR LZZ4.W0

Mapcode Global: WHDDY.5ZZC

Entry Name: The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

Listing Date: 31 January 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1045851

English Heritage Legacy ID: 79544

Location: Eckington, North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire, S21

County: Derbyshire

District: North East Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Eckington

Built-Up Area: Eckington

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Eckington and Ridgeway

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

SK 4379
The Parish Church of
31.1.67 St Peter and St Paul

Anglican Church. C12 with additions and alteratios in C13,
C14, C15 and 1763 internal restoration during the C19 and
external remodelling together with refurnishings by P H Currey
in 1907. Ashlar and coursed rubble coal measures sandstone,
with ashlar dressings, moulded plinths, coped gables, that to
the chancel with a cross finial slate and stone slate roof
coverings, and a C20 sheet metal covering to the nave. West
tower with parapet and octagonal spire, nave, north and south
aisles, south aisle porch, chancel with organ chamber and vestry
to the north wall. Tower, late C12, broad and of three stages,
each delineated by a moulded stringcourse. Clasping buttresses
with shallow steps rise to bell stage. Shallow plain parapet
with moulded strigcourse. Clasping buttresses with shallow
steps rise to bellstage. Shallow plain parapet with moulded
coping, and ashlar octagonal spire with lucarnes, all early C14.
Tower west elevation. Wide west doorway of three orders, with
early English detailing to shafts, but with a semi-circular
arch. The shafts, fluted capitals and arch are severely
weathered. The doorway has plain studded oak plank doors, with
a semi-circular wrought iron grill to the arch head. The first
tower stage has twin lancets, beneath hoodmoulds, the second
stage has a narrow lancet, the third triple lancets beneath
linked hoodmoulds. Small slit windows light tower stair in
north west corner, entered by a plain doorway on the tower north
wall, which has an oak door with intersecting tracery
decoration. Tower south elevation with blocked full width
pointed arch, formerly serving extention to aisle, now with
shallow four-centred arch headed window. Above, a square
sundial, a lancet to second stage, below octagonal clock face.
Five bay south aisle, ashlar, rising from earlier two stage
plinth. Tall 3-light aisle windows, with voussoirs to
semi-circular heads, with substantial cill band and a moulded
stringcourse linking the arched window heads. Moulded coping to
shallow aisle parapet. South aisle porch 1763 by John Platt of
Rotherham of rusticated ashlar, with pediment to semi-circular
headed doorway, which has voussoirs and a keyblock. Plain
plinth with roll moulding. Moulded door surround with impost
band and ornamental ironwork screen to arch head, above double
doors with panelled bases and intersecting gothic openwork bars
above, all metal. Five bay nave with resored flat-headed Perp,
2-light ogee headed clerestory windows, their heads linked by a
stringcourse. Between the windows are attached shafts linked
with the stringcourse, which rise to the level of the
crenellated ashlar parapet and which formerly supported
pinnacles. The hoods to the windows have dropped returns with
stops. Three bay chancel restored C19 with two 3-light and one
single light window with moulded stringcourse forming hoodmould.
Priest doorway with C18 quoined surround, flat lintel with
projecting keyblock and a nine-panel oak door. C19 diagonal
buttresses, with crocketed finals to east end, coped chancel
gable with cross finial, and C19 Perp style 6-light east window,
with panel tracery beneath a four centred arch. C18 vestry and
C19 organ chamber, the former with 2-light flush mullioned
windows, and with C19 copings, quoined doorway with shallow four
centred arch head, and two lancets flanked by a single
hoodmould, with a plaque between. Organ chamber with two storey
gable, having a blocked doorway. Above lintel, a small slit
window, and a 2-light cusped window above. Five bay north aisle
rising from a two stage moulded plinth. Three 2-light Perp
window with quoined surrounds, shallow arched heads, and cusped
semi-circular headed lights with mouchette to apex. Moulded
stringcourse at cill level amd a chamfered band above the window
heads. C18 ashlar parapet. Two shallow stepped buttresses
which rise to band course level, and a more substantial stepped
buttress rising to parapet level at the west end. The central
bay has a blocked doorway with wave mould to door surround, an
arched head and a planked and studded door with blocking behind
changed plinth moulding to the west of the doorway. West end
bay with stone-framed doorway and oak door with intersecting
cover strips. Clerestory to north aisle retains three
unrestored C15 windows. Interior. Stepped and chamfered tower
arch, beneath a plain hood. Keeled responds to arch with
plainly moulded square capitals, and keeled fillets to corners
of outer arch support. Five bay nave with C12 arcades, the two
eastern piers to each arcade circular, and early C12, the
western piers octagonal, and late C12. The responds to the
north aisle and the eastern north aisle pier have scalloped
decoration to their capitals, the remaining columns have simple
hollow moulded capitals. Stepped and chamfered late C12 pointed
chancel arch, with keeled responds and fillets, but with foliage
capitals. The south side of the chancel arch has the blocked
approach to the former rood loft stair, and a rood loft doorway
above. The north side of the chancel arch has a double
hagioscope. North aisle chaple to the Guild of the Blessed
Virgin found in 1932, served by a 3-light Dec window with
reticulated tracery, now blocked by the C19 organ chamber. Ogee
headed aumbry to aisle north wall. Shallow C19 trussed roof
with longitudinal braces to king posts. Chancel walls have C19
plain panelling and a cambered ribbed and panelled C19 roof.
Furnishings. Wooden screens to tower and chancel arches 1907,
by Currey the latter with a coved canopy and drop tracery. C19
pews and pulpit with open quartrefoil panels below the handrail.
C18 organ by John Snelzter of Passan, moved from a now
demolished C18 west gallery into the present chancel organ
chamber in 1878 with the accompanying mutilation of the C12 keel
moulding. Late C17 alter rail with turned and carved balusters
and a moulded handrail. Carved wooden reredos, 1908, on a
Hoptonwood marble base, incorporating a contemporary copy of
Carracci's 'Pieta' given by Sir Sitwell Sitwell to commemorate
his wife, Alice. Hatchment above blocked north aisle doorway
carries the Royal Coat of Arms. Charity boards to west end
aisles. Monuments. Chancel north wall. Rectangular framed
wall tablet with achievement to Francis Stringer d.1727,
rectangular wall tablet to William Sitwell d.1776, Mary Sitwell
d.1792, Francis Sitwell d.1793 and Hurt Sitwell d.1830.
Classical column memorial by White Watson to Sir Sitwell Sitwell
d.1811, and Caroline Sitwell d.1800. Wall tablet tl Alice
Sitwell d.1797. Aedicule wall monument to George Sitwell d.1667
and his wife Margaret d.1658. Wall tablet to Francis Sitwell
d.1671. Chancel south wall. Cartouche memorial to Thomas
Barlow d.1694. Set of chairs and one C17 bench in nave and

Listing NGR: SK4320479788

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