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    ***** Outstanding
    **** Excellent
    *** Good
    ** Quite interesting
    * Not very interesting but worthy of inclusion


    5 Open for long periods, or key readily available
    4 May be open for long periods, but best to check beforehand
    3 Uncertain opening times
    2 Closed for all or most of the time other than for services
    1 Closed at all times

Site: St Chad
Denomination: Church of England
Type: Church
Period: Medieval, 17th Century, 18th Century, 20th Century

Features: Aisles, Arts and Crafts furnishings, Battlements, Glass, Monuments, Nave area, Setting, Tower, Willoughby Chapel

Location: 6 miles SE of Derby off the A6540


This basically medieval church lies peacefully in meadows by the Derwent, next to St Chad's Water, with the well of St Chad nearby. It is isolated because the original village moved to higher land to avoid the hazard of flooding. It is mostly 14th-century, with the S aisle extended in 1622, and the whole structure is unified by the 15th-century battlements throughout. Externally, the most prominent feature is the substantial three-stage tower with a stair turret. Inside, the nave and aisles are spacious and light, with wide three-light lancet windows and clear glass, which contrasts with the 17th-century Willoughby Chapel, in which the original Flemish glass casts a sombre colour. The restoration work after a 1917 fire has left some Arts and Crafts furnishings. There are some poor but amusing alabaster monuments. In the churchyard there are some good 17th- and 18th-century slate headstones.

Address: Wilne Road, Church Wilne, Derbyshire, 0.2 miles S of DE72 3QH
Phone Number: 01332 872242

E-mail: smedley7@btinternet.com

Rating: ***

Open: 4