Tideswell, St John the Baptist Church - The Cathedral of the Peak
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The interior abounds in historic interest. In the south transept is the memorial brass to Robert Lytton (d. 1483) and his wife Isabel (1458). Robert served Henry Vi as the Under-Treasurer of England. also in the south transept is an alabaster tomb of Sir Thurstan de Bower and his wife Margaret, created about 1395. Though worn, the effigies are remarkably complete, and show the couple's costumes in fine detail.
In the opposite (north) transept are a pair of grave slabs to unknown women, both of whom died in the period 1300-1375.
Bishop PursegloveNext to the Foljambe grave is an original 1579 brass to Bishop Robert Purseglove, a native of Tideswell who served under Thomas Cromwell in the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Purseglove became wealthy in the process, and Henry VIII made him a bishop. He held office under Henry and his Protestant son Edward VI, and took the oath renouncing the authority of the pope. Curiously, he held onto his bishopric under the Catholic Mary I, but when Elizabeth I came to the throne on Mary's death, he refused to swear an oath to heras head of the church. He lost his bishopric and lived out his life in Tideswell, where he gave money to local charities and founded the gramar school.
VisitingTideswell's church is a gem, and is well worth a trip to explore. The church is usually open daylight hours - or even a bit later, as I discovered. I got to Tideswell as the sun was setting, too late to visit the church, I thought. But on a whim I tried the door and found it open. I explored the interior at my leisure, and was just about to leave when a very friendly churchwarden turned up to lock the door. He not only let me finish photographing, but regaled me with stories about the church, the historic tombs, and the people who were buried here. It really made the building come alive and it was obvious how much pride he took in the church and its history.
About Tideswell, St John the Baptist Church
Address: Commercial Street, Tideswell, Derbyshire, England, SK17 8LF
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Tideswell. On street parking. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Tideswell, St John the Baptist Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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