‪St. Mary's Church‬

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‪St. Mary's Church‬
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Lizzie Y
‪5 contributions‬
‪Stunning architecture‬
ספט׳ 2021
‪Wirksworth - a small town with the most amazing church. The sense of peace and tranquility inside is stunning. There is a lot of history there, beautiful stone carvings including T'Owd Man. ‬
‪Written 27 בספטמבר 2021‬
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EssexGreen
Essex‪65 contributions‬
‪Lovely and fascinating church‬
אוג׳ 2021
‪Lovely church to visit. Some fascinating medieval carvings on the walls. Informative boards to show you around. A very old bible on display and a number of other interesting features.‬
‪Written 30 באוגוסט 2021‬
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Aconite
קינגסטון אפון האל, UK‪403 contributions‬
‪Worth a visit in Wirksworth‬
זוגות • אוג׳ 2021
‪We visited as part of our stay in Wordsworth. A lovely building filled with interesting heritage and fantastic archaeology, especially all the Anglo - Saxon carvings. We were lucky to have the building to ourselves on our visit. Hand sanitiser was available if you forget to bring your own.‬
‪Written 12 באוגוסט 2021‬
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Brian T
לונדון, UK‪4,530 contributions‬
‪A beautiful church with some curious ancient internal embellishments!‬
אפר׳ 2021
‪Imposing stone buildings and an intricate network of narrow lanes, alleyways, jitties and ginnels (some very steep) draw the lovers of history and heritage to the scenic small town of Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales.

Near to the centre of this historic market town, along St Mary’s Gate, you’ll find one such imposing stone structure: the beautiful and ancient parish church of St Mary the Virgin. It sits in a circular churchyard which is thought to have been a site of worship since 650AD. It’s soft pinkish stonework was gleaming in the morning sun, and it’s graceful spire could be seen from the many vantage points above the town (walk up Green Hill and you’ll know what i mean). It’s a delightful place to visit.

The earliest parts of St Mary's as it stands today are from the 13th century and include the lower part of the tower and the massive crossing piers. Further work was done in the 14th and 15th centuries, with a full restoration completed in the 19th century.

Do visit the interior of the church if it is open. You’ll be instantly surprised at the space; it seems so much larger that it appears from the outside. However, St Mary's is most famous for carvings from a church or churches that stood on this site going back to Saxon times. These can be found throughout the church, mounted into the fabric of the walls.

The most renowned of these is the Wirksworth Stone. It is built into the north wall of the nave and is oblong-shaped and chunky; it measures 5 feet x 3 feet but is probably not as long as it originally was (as can be seen at the western edge) due to damage over the centuries. It’s a richly carved sculptured stone with biblical scenes and figures, which is said to date from the 7th-9th century. It was found buried below the chancel in 1820, covering a grave with a complete skeleton in it. Nearly as famous is 'T'owd Man of Bonsall' a carving of a medieval lead worker, holding the tools of his trade, including a basket known as a kibble. In a nod to the Derbyshire vernacular he is affectionately known as 'T'Owd Man' - the Old Man - or even by the play on words 'Mr Toad'. He is said to be 800 years old, or thereabouts.

The churchyard is also very pretty, and at the time of my visit, strewn with a host of golden daffodils. Work right around it, to see headstones of locals. You’ll also see a bit of a curiosity resting against an east-facing wall of the church. It looks like a stone coffin from yore, though I can’t be sure about that.

This is a beautiful spot to visit in Wirksworth. Don’t miss it.‬
‪Written 20 באפריל 2021‬
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Nicola
Nottingham‪253 contributions‬
‪Interesting Stone Carving inside‬
זוגות • ינו׳ 2020
‪Worth a visit to see some interesting tombs, beautiful stained glass windows and the Wirksworth Stone ‬
‪Written 22 בינואר 2020‬
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paulhalliday2018
נוטינגהאמשייר, UK‪28 contributions‬
‪Great church‬
ינו׳ 2020
‪Loved seeing all the lovely stained glass windows and reading all the lovely history inside.A very interesting Anglo saxon carving worth seeing. well worth a visit the church inside will amaze you it's bigger than you think.‬
‪Written 20 בינואר 2020‬
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Sam3314
דרבי, UK‪1,587 contributions‬
‪Unexpected delight‬
אוק׳ 2019
‪This church is much bigger than you expect and as possibly the second Christian foundation in Derbyshire well worth a visit. There are some fantastic monuments and the Wirksworth stone, an ancient Christian carving. Beautiful stainedglass windows. Enjoy for the art for a moment of quiet contemplation.‬
‪Written 27 באוקטובר 2019‬
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richard c
ניוארק און טרנט, UK‪525 contributions‬
‪Great church to visit‬
זוגות • יולי 2019
‪we noticed a sign showing tea coffee, and found a coffee moring in the church. when we entered it was a very busy coffee morning really well supported. bric a brac for sale large refreshments area and other fund raisers.‬
‪Written 13 ביולי 2019‬
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John B
‪458 contributions‬
‪Magnificent‬
לבד • יוני 2019
‪From J Boy of Derby
Wow this is a large magnificent parish church in the centre of the town, it's large enough to have cathedral status.
Beautiful stone carvings of an ancient miner carved in the wall and also of the famous Wirksworth stone(leaflets are available to give a more detailed description)
Beautiful alabaster carvings and tombs belonging to the Gell family who were prominent figures in the town, the local comprehensive school is named after Sir Anthony Gell.
Some of the most impressive church windows anywhere in Derbyshire designed by Gilbert Scott can be found in the church.
Well worth a visit.‬
‪Written 18 ביוני 2019‬
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Scott C
‪Darley Dale‬, UK‪60 contributions‬
‪Beauty of a church!‬
לבד • אפר׳ 2019
‪I was fortunate to be in Wirksworth (visiting the new heritage center) when the church doors were open. Really is a beautiful church that's rich in history, well worth a visit. Be sure to read the information boards about its history and renovation works.
The walk around the churchyard was also enjoyable and features some beautiful old buildings nearby.‬
‪Written 18 באפריל 2019‬
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