MAYFIELD

Grid Ref: SK 154 448
21 September 2005

Parish church spacer chancel
St. John the Baptist   Chancel and east end
East window   Door to chancel
East end through the trees   Door to chancel

 

The south arcade of St. John the Baptist, is late Norman. The south porch, not photographed because it was in deep shade, is also late Norman. The north arcade was early 13th century but was rebuilt in 1854. The chancel and south aisle windows belong to the Decorated period. Pevsner states that the east window is probably early 14th century. The crennelation added to the roof of the chancel is Georgian but the tower is dated 1515 and has eight pinnacles. I was not able to see inside but Pevsner reports an octagonal font of 1514.

The poet Thomas Moore lived at Mayfield from about 1815 to 1819.  His infant daughter Olivia was buried in the churchyard in 1815.  With his wife Bessie and young family he lived in a stone built cottage. Here Moore wrote his Oriental romance, Lalla Rookh and poem celebrating the bells of St. Oswald's at nearby Ashbourne across the Dove in Derbyshire.

The medieval Hanging Bridge across the Dove was formerly a packhorse bridge but was widened first for carriages then for motor vehicles. 

Sources:

The Buildings of England, Staffordshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin, 1974, ISBN 0 14 071046 9
Staffordshire Churches, by Mike Salter, Folly Publications, 1996.
The King's England, Staffordshire, by Arthur Mee, Hodder and Stoughton, London, first published in 1937.

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