Castleton, St Edmund's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century chancel arch
Peveril enclosed the new settlement of Castleton within an earthwork called the Town Ditch, and the church was built on a mound within this enclosure. Throughout the 12th century the castle custodian was also the church patron, and the link between castle and church is emphasised by the fact that the common name for the church was not St Edmund's, but the Church of Peak Castle.
The best reminder of the first Norman building is the finely formed chancel arch, decorated with traditional Norman zigzag patterns. In the north window nearest the arch is the only piece of medieval glass remaining in the church, a figure of a saint thought to be 14th century.
The striking nave roof, decorated with bosses bearing the portcullis symbol of the Duchy of Lancaster, dates to the 18th century.
St Edmund's is a lovely historic building, well worth a visit. It is just a very short walk from the Castle, and is usually open daylight hours.
About Castleton, St Edmund's Church
Address: Castle Street, Castleton, Derbyshire, England, S33 8WG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Castleton, a short walk from the castle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Peveril Castle - 1.8 miles (Castle)
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Speedwell Cavern - 1.8 miles (Family Attraction)
Treak Cliff Cavern - 1.8 miles (Family Attraction)
Tideswell, St John the Baptist Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Eyam, St Lawrence Church - 5.9 miles (Historic Church)
Eyam Hall - 6.4 miles (Historic Building)
Eyam Museum - 6.4 miles (Museum)
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