A Guide to Tideswell and Its Church

By Rev J.M.J. Fletcher

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The author of this text, the Rev J.M.J. (James Michael John) Fletcher (1852-1940), was a Canon of Salisbury, a historian and author; and between 1900 and 1906, he was Vicar of Tideswell, the subject of this booklet. He also wrote a similar booklet about Eyam, entitled The Plague-Stricken Derbyshire Village, or What To See In and Around Eyam.

The following portions were transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in March 2013 from a personal copy of the eighth edition of Fletcher's book on Tideswell, believed to have been published about 1930.

CONTENTS

Objects of special interest in the ChurchPAGE
Introductory1
Historical Notes4
Parish Church10
The Chancel16
Chancel Tombs and Monuments22
The South Transept35
The North Transept40
Nave (West) and Miscellaneous44
Exterior of the Church52
The District Around55
Geology of the District61
The Foljambes in Tideswell65
List of Vicars69
Head Masters of the Grammar School71
Books on, or relating to, the District72
Index74

ILLUSTRATIONS
The Church TowerFrontispiece
Tideswell, General View4
The Church from the South, Exterior10
Font13
South Door14
Chancel (Interior), looking East16
Carving on Misericorde19
Sedilia and Piscina20
North Door of Church20
Bishop Pursglove's tomb25
Palimpsest Brass (Bp. Pursglove)27
Palimpsest Brass (Rev. L. Brierly, Vicar)27
Canon Andrew's Memorial30
Tomb of Sir Sampson Meverill32
Lytton Brass35
Transverse view into S. Transept36
De Bower tomb36
Fletcher-Chandler Memorial Window44
“Consecration” Cross47
The Sundial52
Wheston Cross54
Wheston Cross - The Nativity55
Wheston Cross - The Passion55
The Wishing Well56
The Church from the South East, Exterior75

Objects of special interest in the Church
Visitors will, perhaps, find it helpful if their attention is drawn to some of the principal objects of interest in the Church, &c. which they ought more especially to notice. The following list is given for this purpose,- and short descriptions will be found on the pages mentioned
IN THE NAVE AND TOWER.
The Font12
The West Window44
The Lytton Brass35
The Carving on the Choir Stalls and Organ15, 40
The Chancel Screen15
IN THE SOUTH TRANSEPT.
The “de Bower” Tomb36
The Hatchments34, 38
The Screen, roof and marble floor36
The Windows38
The incised Sepulchral Slab39
The Mediæval Bell40
IN THE NORTH TRANSEPT.
The ancient Stone Figures41
The old Oak Stalls41
The stone Altar Slab40
The Carving on the Screen40
IN THE CHANCEL.
The Carving on the Pew Ends18
The Meverill Tomb31
Bishop Pursglove's Brass24
Small Brass suspended from the Wall (Pursglove and Brierley)26
The Foljambe Brass22
The Founder's Tomb22
The East (Jesse) Window21
The Stone Screen behind the Altar19
The Sedilia21
IN THE SOUTH PORCH.
The “Consecration Crosses”46
IN THE CHURCHYARD.
The Sundial52
The Tomb of William Newton, “the Minstrel”53
The Tomb of Slack, “the Singer”54

OCR/transcript by Rosemary Lockie in March 2013.

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