St Michael & All Angels

Described as one of the prettiest and best proportioned churches of the Peak, it stands proud in a small hillside village and one of the highest villages in England.

About this church

Founded in the 12th century but dating mostly from the early 14th century, the church has an elegant four bay arcade and tall chancel lighted by flat headed windows. There is evidence of an earlier church. Although extensively restored in 1891, St Michael still contains a rare stone lectern, a stone font dating from the 13th century and a fine brass to Richard Blackwall, his wife and children, which is dated 1505. There is an early wall painting on the west wall, a rare stone lectern in the chancel and a medieval mass dial on the external south wall.

There is a strong history and tradition of spirituality in the area with the oldest Neolithic chambered tombs in England at Five Wells above the village. The Norman cross in the church yard probably marks the site of an earlier church. In the churchyard also are known to be the 19th century unmarked graves of orphans from Litton Mill. Within the church can be found the memorial brass of the Blackwell Family, coffin lids, three fonts and 17th and 18th century memorial grave slabs.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

Other nearby churches

St Leonard

St Leonard's church has stood in the centre of the village for almost a thousand years.

Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd owes its existence to Revd Samuel Andrew, vicar of nearby Tideswell in the late 19th century.

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