Grid Ref: SK 211 643
Date: 13 November 2005, 9 August 2006 & 3 June 2021

Youlgreave, south of Bakewell, is a popular starting point for walkers in Derbshire.  The Fountain or Conduit head bears a plaque showing that it was erected in 1829 by Youlgreave Friendly Society of Women to supply water to the village from a spring.  It has a capacity of 1500 gallons.  Youlgreave is in an area rich in prehistoric remains, including Arbour Low, the site of Bronze Age henge monument.  I show a view of the village from the ditch around Castle Ring, a hill fort.

Church spacer Church tower
All Saints from the churchyard   All Saints from the main road

The Parish Church of All Saints is difficult to photograph as there are many trees on the south side. From the west end the view is spoiled by parked vehicles in the street

Youlgreave All Saints   17th century house
All Saints      17th Century House
Conduit head   Youlgreave Old Hall
Conduit Head   Old Hall dating from 1650s.
Youlgreave village   Castle Ring
Georgian Houses   Youlgreave seen from ditch at Castle Ring at SK 220 627


All Saints dominates the village with its huge tower in the Perpendicular style. The interior of All Saints is well worth visiting.  The first church was built around 1130 to 1150.  The round columns and semicircular arches of the South Arcade are late Norman and can be compared with the later ones in the North Arcade in my photographs.  The chancel dates from the 15th century as does the tower and timber roof.  The south aisle windows date from about 1300 but the clerestory ones are late Tudor or early 17th century, contemporary with the nave roof.  The church was restored in 1869/70.

Near the north wall of the chancel is a stone effigy of a knight with crossed legs holding a heart which is thought to be of Sir John Rossington.  An effigy with crossed legs normally indicates that the man went on a Crusade. However, Pevsner gives a date of 1325 for it which is too late for the Crusades and John Leonard in his book also mentions it briefly as being 14th century. I would be pleased to receive clarification on this point.

The small stone figure in the north wall opposite the font may represent a pilgrim.   There is a Jacobean monument of Roger Rowe dating from 1613 in the north aisle.   In the middle of the chancel is the alabaster tomb of Thomas Cokayne, who died in 1488.  His father is buried at Ashbourne.  The arms shown on the west end of the monument are of Thomas Cokayne and on the south of his great-gret grandfather, Sir Richard de Harthill, and his great-grandfather, Edmund Cokayne, who died at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1404.  Not shown in my picture is the south side with the arms of great-great grandparents Sir John Cokayne of Ashbourne who died in 1447 and his father, John Cokayne of Ashbourne.

The font dates from the 12th century and came from Elton where it was removed during the restoration in 1812.  At the east end of the north aisle is an alabaster panel formerly in the the South Aisle.  It commemorates Robert Gylbert and his wife Joan, the latter dying in 1492.   The East Window, installed duirng the restoration work of 1876, is by Edward Burne-Jones and was made at the factory of William Morris.  At that time a peal of eight bells was given and there are now ten.   Under the tower is a board displaying the names of the vicars at the church from Hugo Man, appointed in 1589.  However it is known that the first vicar was appointed in 1124.


North Arcade   Norman columns
North arcade with pointed arches      Norman columns and semicircular arches
Thomas Cokayne   Cokayne tomb
Tomb of Thomas Cokayne, who died 1488   View of the tomb showing family arms
pilgrim carving   Robert Gylbert alabaster
Possibly a pilgrim   Alabaster monument to Robert Gylbert and his wife
Roger Rowe monument   Knight effigy
Roger Rowe monument of 1613   Effigy of cross-legged knight
Font   Burne Jones window
The 12th century font   Burne-Jones window



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.
Derbyshire Parish Churches, from the 8th to the 18th Centuries by John Leonard, Breedon Book, Derby, 1993, ISBN 1 873626 36 3
Information boards available in the church for visitors.


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