Sunday…….So Off to Church Again

DERBY CATHEDRAL (All Saints Church)The Bakewell Screen

DERBY CATHEDRAL (All Saints Church) The Bakewell Screen

A little larger than last Sundays church. It is / or was/  All Saints Church, Derby.  As Cathedrals go it is quite new, only receiving its new title of stature in 1927.

All Saints is of course much older than that. Records indicate a place of worship on this site in the 10th century, but a more substantial church was built in the 14th century. The main body of the All Saints was rebuilt in a neo-classical style in 1725. The tower is somewhat older in Gothic style and dates to the 16th century

It was during the 1725 rebuild that the feature I love best about All Saints was installed….that is the wrought iron Rood Screen a magnificent creation by local craftsman Robert Bakewell.

Since then there have been additions that have much enhanced the building with a cupola above a retro choir area. Those additions together with a stylish décor gives All Saints a very fresh modern feel and very much the stature befitting a modern Cathedral.

All Saints, as it was then known, was the selected resting place for Bess of Hardwick*, who at the time had been one of the richest and arguably the most powerful woman in England. There is a large memorial and effigy of Bess within All Saints were she was interred in 1608.


There is also another fine example of Robert Bakewell craftsmanship below the tower in front of the main doorway….a set of magnificent wrought iron gates that nearly match the Rood Screen.   Old as the gates maybe they are still a new addition to the Cathedral after an inspired decision was made to move them from another location in Derby.

Derby Cathedral may not match the perceived image of our grand Cathedrals but it certainly is justifiably proud of its history and its 21st century appearance.

* Bess of Hardwick 1527 – 1608

Much associated with Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth House

A number of important husbands including William Cavendish and George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.

26th June

(C) David Oakes 2016


10 thoughts on “Sunday…….So Off to Church Again

  1. FAB. I so love the atmosphere in those old churches. I can me all alove in York Minster with a thousand people around me. That’s what these churches are capable of. 🙂

    • I am not aware of another Church screen made of iron. It is amazing yet in its own way much simpler than the more traditional carved wood screens…it is striking. We also go to Classical Concerts that are occasionally held in the Cathedral and that screen make a great backdrop for the Orchestra…..and the acoustics are to my ear great

Comments are closed.