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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II* Listed Building in Buxton, Derbyshire

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Latitude: 53.2589 / 53°15'32"N

Longitude: -1.9172 / 1°55'2"W

OS Eastings: 405617

OS Northings: 373550

OS Grid: SK056735

Mapcode National: GBR HZ1R.QG

Mapcode Global: WHBBS.JB7Z

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 25 January 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1258025

English Heritage Legacy ID: 463208

Location: High Peak, Derbyshire, SK17

County: Derbyshire

District: High Peak

Town: High Peak

Electoral Ward/Division: Corbar

Built-Up Area: Buxton

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text


616-1/3/69 (North side)
25/01/51 Church of St John the Baptist


Church. 1802-1811 with portico infilled to form chancel in
1896. Designed by John White. Ashlar gritstone, with ashlar
dressings, slate roof with stone stacks.
STYLE: Neo-Classical.
PLAN: cruciform.
EXTERIOR: plinth, rusticated quoins and moulded eaves band and
cornice. West front has 4 giant Doric pilasters topped by a
broad pediment, with central doorway in moulded ashlar
surround with hood and double panel doors with overlight
divided into 5 round headed lights. Either side single windows
with glazing bars, and above 3 circular windows. Tower rises
from above western pediment on square base with cupola above,
this has 4 round arches with panelled pilasters between and
balusters between. Above octagonal panel stage with ball
finials and copper octagonal dome with finial. South front has
projecting centre topped with pediment and a single round
headed window in moulded surround. Either side single similar
round headed windows in moulded surrounds, and beyond set back
ashlar sections with giant pilasters and moulded door
surrounds with hoods, that to left blind, that to right with
double panel doors.
North front similar to south front.
East front has former portico with giant square corner columns
and circular columns in antis, now in-filled. Central round
arched Venetian window with full overlight flanked by blind
round headed windows with narrow slit windows all linked by a
sill band, and below each of the outer windows a segment
headed window. Whole front topped by broad pediment with panel
inscribed MDCCCXI.
INTERIOR: plain with pilastered walls, coved plaster ceiling.
No aisles but shallow transepts. Baptistery 1876. West gallery
with wooden supporting columns added 1911. Chancel with
decorative mosaics and "opus sectile" side panels to altar,
FITTINGS: include pulpit of 1867 designed by Henry Currey.
Font 1875. Reredos 1896-7. The carved choir and clergy stalls
incorporate rams heads as wrought-iron brackets. Organ by W
Hill 1897.
STAINED GLASS: 2 windows to the North side are by CE Kempe
1897-1903. Also one window to the South side (1920) and the
East window are reputed to be by Kempe and Co. There are 3
memorial tablets to the Duke of Devonshire's agents. The
north-west window is reputed to be original.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Derbyshire:
Harmondsworth: 1953-1986: 115; Leach John: The Book Of Buxton:
Leicester: 1987-).

Listing NGR: SK0561773550

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