St. Mary's Church Vaults

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St. Mary's Church Vaults

Wirksworth, Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, England Add to Map
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This cemetery listing is for vault graves inside St. Mary Church--NOT the churchyard outside.

The Revd Canon David Charles TRUBY
The Rectory, Coldwell Street
(01629) 824707

Wirksworth's crowning glory has to be its 13th century, 152 ft long church, with its surrounding circular pathway, from which loom up some very impressive buildings. St Marys has a crossing tower with short spire, transepts, nave and chancel with aisles. In 1272 the Dean And Chapter of Lincoln, to which wirksworth belonged, appointed the first special vicar for the church. The church went through some heavy restoration in the 19th century, particularly by Sir George Gilbert Scott between 1870 and 1876. The crossing tower is part 13th and part 14th century as are the massive piers supporting it. Also the arcades separating the nave from the aisle and the early English lancet windows in the north and south walls of the chancel and north transept.

In the north aisle are the tombs of the Gell family. Sir Anthony Gell (d. 1583), has his statue on his tomb. Alongside is the simpler tomb of his father, Sir Ralph Gell.
The chancel contains the tomb of Anthony Lowe, a Gentleman of the Bedchamber who served Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I and died in 1555.
Abraham Bennet the inventor of the gold-leaf electroscope and developer of an improved magnetometer.
The churchyard contains the tomb of Matthew Peat of Alderwasley, who died Dec. 11, 1751, at an alleged age of 109 years and 10 months.


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  • Added: 5 Apr 2012
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