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St John the Baptist

Rightly known as the 'Cathedral of the Peaks', it is one of the largest and certainly the most perfect church in the area.

Tideswell, Derbyshire

Opening times

Open during daylight hours.


Commercial Road
SK17 8NU

Started about 1320 and completed soon after 1400 (building was interrupted by the Black Death). The nave, aisles and transepts were begun about 1340 in the Late Gothic style, and the chancel and tower were added at the end of the century in a Perpendicular style. The lovely wooden screen which separates the nave from the chancel is the original, as is the beautiful sedilla by the altar. The centre of the chancel holds the altar tomb of Sir Samson Meverill, a local knight and land owner (1388-1462).

The south transept of the church contains the Lytton chapel and de Bower chapels. One of the original bells, removed in 1928 and known as The Gabriel Bell sits on the floor of the Lytton chapel. The de Bower chapel contains the recumbent alabaster figures of a couple. The north transept houses the Lady Chapel. There are two stone gravestones of women, dating from 1300 and 1375. Here, and in the choir stalls the pews have some superb carvings by Advent Hunstone, whose descendants still worship at the church today.

You are warmly invited to visit the 'Cathedral of the Peaks', a place of worship since 1398.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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