St George and St Mary Churchyard

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St George and St Mary Churchyard

  • Church Street, Church Gresley, South Derbyshire District, Derbyshire, England
  • 464 Memorials added (34% photographed)

A small priory of Austin Canons in honour of St. George founded in the time of Henry I by William de Gresley, son of Nigel de Stafford, near his castle of Gresley. There is no chartulary known to be extant of this priory, but in the Chetham Library, Manchester, there is a family chartulary of the Gresleys from which certain particulars relative to this religious house can be gleaned.

The choir or chancel of the priory church was used as the priory chapel before being destroyed with the rest of the priory buildings soon after the Dissolution. Remaining is now known as the parish church of Ss George and Mary. Traces of the priory were found in 1861, thirty-two feet south of the S.E. angle of the tower and to the east and west, slight remains can be seen east of the church. In the early 19th century, the outer walls were almost completely rebuilt, and in 1872, a new chancel was built in the site of the old one. The tower is fifteenth century.

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GPS Coordinates: 52.75976, -1.56694

  • Added: 21 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2273122