Grid Ref: SK 244 413 at the church
Date: 14 May 2018


All Saints, Brailsford

The church of All Saints lies about half a mile west of the village of Brailsford down a narrow lane. It was built there to serve both Brailsford and Ednaston, each of which is described in the Domesday Book as having half a church. This was one of the few villages in England which kept its Saxon lord, Elfin, after the Norman Conquest as shown in the Domesday Book of 1085.

It is not easy to photograph the church as it is surrounded by many large trees, some lime and an enormous yew, but the view above can be gained from the car park. In the middle of May the churchyard was full of bluebells presenting an idyllic view of a country church in Spring. In the churchyard there is the remains of a Saxon Cross of the 11th century. The church was locked when I visited but Pevsner tells us that the church has some Norman features such as a circular pier in the south arcade. The chancel arch and chancel are early 14th century. There is a sedilia and piscina in the chancel. The tower dates from about 1500 and the porch was renewed in the 17th century. The font is 15th century and its base has a Tudor rose.

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The tower and porch from the south   Remains of the Saxon Cross

The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, revised by Elizabeth Williamson, Yale University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-300-09591-0
The King's England, Derbyshire, by Arthur Mee, first published in 1937, 6th impression 1951.
Derbyshire Parish Churches, by John Leonard, Breedon Books Publishing Company, 1993.

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