St Michael and All Angels' Church, Hathersage

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St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Hathersage
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St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Hathersage
Coordinates: 53°19′59.94″N 1°39′1.37″W / 53.3333167°N 1.6503806°W / 53.3333167; -1.6503806
DenominationChurch of England
DedicationSt Michael and All Angels
Heritage designationGrade I listed[1]
DeaneryBakewell and Eyam
DioceseDiocese of Derby

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Hathersage is a Grade I listed[1] parish church in the Church of England in Hathersage, Derbyshire.[2]


The nave and chancel

The church dates from the 14th century. It was restored between 1851 and 1852 by William Butterfield and reopened on 15 April 1852.[3] The whitewash on the walls was removed and the outer pillars and buttresses were renewed. The church was re-pewed with open seats. A new stained glass window by William Wailes of Newcastle was inserted at the east end of the Chancel. The church was tiled with Minton encaustic tiles. The total cost of the restoration was £1,575[4] (equivalent to £170,000 in 2018).[5]

There were some further extensions added in 1949.

Tomb of Little John[edit]

The tomb of Little John

Stones in the churchyard mark what is known as the grave of Little John, where in 1780 James Shuttleworth claims to have unearthed a thigh bone measuring 72.39 centimetres (28.50 in). This would have made Little John 8.08 feet (2.46 m) in height

Parish status[edit]

The church is in a joint parish with St John the Baptist's Church, Bamford and Derwent.


  • Robert Eyre (d. 1459) and his wife Joan
  • Radulph Eyre (d. 1493) and his wife Elizabeth
  • Sir Arthur Eyre (d. 1560)


The church contains a pipe organ by James Jepson Binns which was formerly in Wadsley Bridge Methodist Church, Sheffield, and was moved here in 1981 by Gilbert Sellers. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[6]


The tower contains a ring of six bells[7] with the oldest dating from ca. 1520. In addition there is a sanctus bell dating from ca. 1499.


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Michael and All Angels  (Grade I) (1109793)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ The Buildings of England. Derbyshire. Nikolaus Pevsner. Yale University Press. 1978. ISBN 0140710086
  3. ^ "Hathersage Church". Derbyshire Courier. Derby. 10 April 1852. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Re-opening of Hathersage Church". Derbyshire Courier. Derby. 17 April 1852. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  5. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. ^ "NPOR N12980". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Hathersage, Derbys. S Michael & All Angels". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Dovemaster. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2017.