The Church of Saint Mary, Tissington, Derbyshire
I was tempted to say ‘just another typical English Village Church’ and one might say that it is….however whilst similarities do exist each village church is unique in location and style.
Saint Mary’s was built in the 12th century (expanded with a new aisle in the 1800’s) with a squat Norman Tower it stands rather grandly on a hill central to the village of Tissington. Surrounded mainly by farms and overlooking Tissington Hall, Duck Pond and a few Derbyshire Stone cottages; Tissington and its church is the quintessential English Village.
As appropriate for a small village, Saint Mary’s is also compact but still worth taking a look around. Stained glass windows dominate but perhaps that is because the interior fights for every bit of light it can acquire…
Tissington is about 8 miles north of Ashbourne, 3 miles from Dovedale and is reputed to be where the Derbyshire Tradition of Well Dressing began. There are a number of wells that are easy to find in the village.
(C) David Oakes 2016