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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Denby, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0143 / 53°0'51"N

Longitude: -1.4073 / 1°24'26"W

OS Eastings: 439863

OS Northings: 346495

OS Grid: SK398464

Mapcode National: GBR 6CZ.504

Mapcode Global: WHDGG.CH3J

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 13 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1109129

English Heritage Legacy ID: 78783

Location: Denby, Amber Valley, Derbyshire, DE5

County: Derbyshire

District: Amber Valley

Civil Parish: Denby

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Denby St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

SK 34 NE PARISH OF DENBY CHURCH STREET
1/5 (South Side) 3
13.2.67 Church of St Mary
GV I

Parish church. Early C13, C14, early C15 and late C15 with
alterations in 1838 and restoration in 1901-3 by J Oldrid Scott.
Brown rubble sandstone and grey ashlar sandstone with sandstone
dressings. Leaded and plain tile roofs with embattled parapets
with ridgeback copings to nave and aisles. Plinth, with moulded
copings to tower and coved eaves band to nave and nave aisles.
Western tower with recessed broached spire, clerestoried nave
with south aisle and two storey north aisle, chancel and south
porch. Three stage C14 ashlar west tower has full height
stepped angle buttresses to all corners and reduces slightly at
each stage with a chamfered stringcourse at each level. West
elevation has a pointed 2-light window with C19 reticulated
tracery and original hoodmould. Above, in second stage is a
blocked, elaborately moulded, ogee headed opening with carved
head labelstops and foliage finial to hoodmould. North and
south elevations have trefoil headed lancets with hoodmoulds.
Above again to all sides, are 2-light pointed, louvred bell
openings with reticulated tracery and hoodmoulds. Projecting
parapets above have frieze of blind cusping to top and small
gargoyles to corners, also a domed cupola to top of the
staircase within the parapets to the north-west corner.
Octagonal spire above has gableted lucarnes with trefoil headed
lancets on four sides, near base and top. North nave aisle has
rubble stonework to base and ashlar above. To either end, it
has diagonal buttresses and between it has two further
buttresses to sides of windows. Ground floor has one, probably
C19, C17-style 2-light recessed mullion window and two early C15
flat headed 2-light windows with cusped lights, pierced
spandrels and returned hoodmoulds. Above, three 2-light windows
with four-centred arched lights, 1838 copies of south clerestory
windows. East window of aisle is C14, 2-light with reticulated
tracery and hoodmould over. Similar but taller window to east
in chancel and beyond a blocked pointed doorcase. East chancel
elevation has diagonal buttress either side of central 4-light
pointed window with 1901 flowing tracery and chamfered sill band
below. South chancel elevation has two C14 windows with central
stepped buttress, western window elongated and tracery in both
windows probably of 1901. Adjacent to buttress is a small
pointed doorcase. South nave aisle has flat headed 2-light C15
window with cusped lights, pierced spandrels and returned
hoodmould to east and two similar windows to south elevation to
east of porch, also a c1901 copy beyond porch to west. South
porch is an addition, probably of late C15 and has a lapped
stone roof over a pointed vault with stone coped gable, gableted
to top with stone cross. To each side it has central stepped
buttresses with tiny 2-light mullion windows to north, whilst
front elevation has a double chamfered arched door. The inner
door which is out of alignment with the porch is a single
chamfered arch. Above, the clerestory has three late C15
3-light windows with four-centred arched lights and incised
spandrels. Interior of church has two bay south arcade with
early C13 double chamfered semi-circular headed arches and semi-
circular responds with moulded capitals and bases. North aisle
has a panelled wooden gallery on cast iron columns with splat
baluster staircase to north-west corner, added in 1838. Tower
has tall double chamfered arch,chancel arch similar except wider
and with inner arch resting on polygonal responds with moulded
capitals. Well restored late C15 nave roof with central painted
bosses to the cambered ties. Chancel roof has a C19 pointed
timber vault with ribs. In the chancel is a fine C14 double
sedilla with moulded ogee arches, topped by flame finials and an
attached piscina in similar style to east side. North nave
aisle also has a small trefoil headed piscina to east end.
Choir stalls and reredos are C19 whilst nave pews and pulpit
look contemporary with restoration. To north side of chancel is
an impressive architectural, early C17 alabaster monument to
Patrick Lowe, who died 1616, with cartouches between decorated
panels to base, central fluted column above, flanked by
elaborately decorated columns with bulbous bases, and ornate
cornice topped to corners by steeple finials. Large central
achievement in strapwork surround to top and below, in the two
niches, are the outward facing, kneeling figures of Patrick Lowe
and wife, with the figures of their children in relief behind.
A substantial amount of paint is still evident. There are also
several other Lowe memorials in the chancel mostly in black
slate with white marble. These include one of c1785, one of
c1827 and other later one of c1887. Similar memorial of c1844
to Mary Holden in chancel and several other similar late Cl9 ones
in the nave aisles. The font in the south aisle is C15 and
looks like part of a re-used pier. Various stained glass
windows, the main one in the east window by Warrington and Co of
c1889. Eastern window to south side of chancel is by Florence
Camm of Smethwick dated 1942, whilst the western windows on both
sides of chancel are late C19. North aisle has east window by
Christopher Webb, dated 1961 and two side windows of c1900 and
c1922. South aisle has two late C19 stained glass windows and
one of 1950 signed GW. Fragments of medieval glass have been
placed in one of the north gallery windows. In the tower to
south wall there is a lead plaque inscribed 'RE PE CW 1719'.


Listing NGR: SK3986146495

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