Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire – Holy Trinity

We followed a lovely minor road to Kirk Ireton. A larger village than I expected and probably worth a walk round, but for now we parked by Holy Trinity church –  SK 269502 – and I went for an explore. They are also part of the Wirksworth team – website – but they have no history on the website.

I entered, starting taking photos, then the organist arrived, then the Churchwarden arrived. We had a good chat, I got into the vestry (Table of Fees dating 1987), but I didn’t see if they have a guidebook on sale.

Pevsner tells me it has an “embattled West tower, low, broad and unbuttressed, probably Norman, C14 upper stage”. The porch is rather lovely – enjoy the angles – again it is probably Norman.

The Chancel is C14, with nice carvings at the east end. Door into the vestry is C14. I like the sheep – should have asked when it was carved – but missed the Chancel tiles (“Good, with fat moths, birds, etc.”).

The place is overloaded with pews, and not particularly good ones at that – they have put in a good disabled ramp, they could do more.

I have done a google, but I can’t find any more details of Elinor Blackwall.

Interesting lights in the Chancel, and the Crib out until Candlemas.

They have a sword – which is apparently a stage prop from a production they put on a few years ago! I think you could build a legend up surrounding it, and really get the tourists in.

Pevsner tells me that the gateposts are early C18, brought from elsewhere.I need to make a trip back.


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