Grid Ref: SK 130 604
Dates: 5 April 2006 & 7 June 2017 & 2 June 2021

St. Giles' church, Hartington, 2021

Hartington is much favoured by walkers and as a result has more catering for visitors than its size would otherwise justify.  Its reputation is well deserved as a walking centre as one can explore a section of the Dove where it runs through Beresford Dale.  It was in this area that Charles Cotton built a one-room fishing house in 1674, and where he and Isaak Walton, author of The Complete Angler, stayed while enjoying the river.  Hartington Hall was built in 1611 by Robert Bateman, who was born in the village in 1561.  He became a London merchant.  One of his sons became Lord Mayor of London and another was knighted by Charles II.

The church of St. Giles is cruciform and built in red sandstone; it dates mainly from the 14th century.  The south transept has a west aisle with octagonal columns and 14th century capitals.  Above the two storey porch is a sundial with the inscription So marches the God of day.

There are some stones with Saxon carvings built into the fabric of the church including one with knotwork in the north transept.  The stone effigy of a woman is thought to be Margaret de Ferrers, one time lady of the manor.  Parts of 17th century wall paintings are visible in the nave and south transept.  They depict Royal Coats of Arms, biblical texts, the Apostles creed and symbols of the 12 tribes of Israel.  The latter emblems are now shown on panels high on the east wall of the south transept. A board in the church shows the names of ministers from Alexander de Wighton, appointed in 1298.

Following a visit with a better camera in 2017, I replaced most of the photographs taken in 2006 with new ones. On my most recent visit in June 2021, I found the church open but as it had been closed for so long during the pandemic, the musty smell from dampness was overpowering.


Hartington, Derbyshire   Village Scene
View from the South in 2006, showing the church of St. Giles   Village scene with the tower of St. Giles, 2017
Organ   chancel
The Organ, 2017   The Chancel and East Window, 2017
Porch   Nave
The Pulpit and Font, 2017   View across the nave to the North aisle, 2017
East end of St. Giles, Hartington   Chapel
Pump commemorating the coronation of Edward VII   Former Chapel, 2017
Market Hall, Hartington   Hartington Hall
Market Hall of 1836 in 2017   Hartington Hall now a Youth Hostel, 2017
Vicarage   Cottage
Vicarage in 2021   Cottage of 1758 in 2021



The King's England, Derbyshire, by Arthur Mee, first published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1937, 6th impression February 1951.
The Buildings of England, Derbyshire
by Nikolaus Pevsner, revised by Elilzabeth Williamson, first published by Penguin in 1953, Yale University Press edition, 2002.


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