ALSTONEFIELD

Grid Ref: SK 132 553
21 Feb 2004 and 1 Nov 2005

 

St. Peter's spacer tower
St. Peter's, Alstonefield in November sun      The tower
Chancel arch   Belfry
Norman chancel arch   Belfry
Pulpit   Pews
Close up of the front of the pulpit   Colourful kneelers and ornate box pews
tombstone   Cotton family pew
Rare tombstone from 1518   Cotton family pew
stepping stones   carved seat
Stepping stones over the Dove   Seat near the north door
Hall   Grocer's
Alstonefield Hall   Former Grocer's premise

 

For those interested in country churches, Alstonfield is a delight with many interesting features spanning the centuries. The chancel arch and south doorway are survivals from a 12th century church. The south aisle is 13th century and the south porch is 14th century. The chancel dates from the 14th century but was rebuilt in 1590 and in again in the 19th century. The East wall and window are Victorian. The tower, the four-bay arcades, clerestory and arcades date from the 15th and 16th centuries. Broken pieces of Saxon stonework are exhibited in the church and three are incorporated into the fabric in the porch, tower and north aisle.

The two-decker pulpit dates from 1637. It can be seen in the view of the nave above and more detail is shown in the picture below, with the date 1637 visible at the right hand side. The carving on the ends of the box pews are in similar style and also date from the 1630s. In the south aisle is the Cotton family pew, painted green.

From Alstonefield one can walk along the banks of the river River Dove through a spectacular limestone gorge.  The path on the Derbyshire side of the river is suitable for all weathers and grades of walker.  There is also a path on the Staffordshire side but this much more demanding and parts may be impassable after heavy rain.    In the village of Alstonefield there is a house as shown above that was once a grocers.  The plaque tells us that it was the premises of J. Hambleton, mercer and grocer, who deal in coffee, tea, tobacco and snuff.

Pevnser describes Alstonefield Hall, dated 1587 is of irregular shape with mullioned windows.

Sources:

The Buildings of England, Staffordshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin, 1974, ISBN 0 14 071046 9
The Old Parish Churches of Staffordshire, by Mike Salter, Folly Publications, 1996, ISBN 1871731 25 8

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