St Werburgh's Church, Derby, Derbyshire

Address: Friar Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1UZ
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Key kept at the nearby Derby Museum & Art Gallery
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The church where Dr Samuel Johnson was married

  • Dr Samuel Johnson married his wife Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter here in 1735.

The 17th-century tower and old chancel of this large church are in the care of the CCT – but not the 'new’ 19th-century church attached to it which was built by Sir Arthur Blomfield in 1895.

The tower was built in the Gothic Survival style between 1601-08. The interesting chancel (of 1690) retains much of its contemporary woodwork and furnishings, including a superb iron font cover by Robert Bakewell in a side chapel.

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Road directions

Derby town centre; church located off Friar Gate via Sadler Gate and Cheapside

OS Reference No.

SK 350 364

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 



PDF iconDerbyshire, Liecestershire, Nottinghamshire & Rutland County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Derbyshire, Liecestershire, Nottinghamshire & Rutland . Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Community information for St Werburgh's Church, Derby

 

All our Derbyshire churches are in CCT’s North region.

Useful local links

Visit Derbyshire tourism website 

Derbyshire Family History Society 

Derbyshire Archaeological Society 

Derbyshire Churches & Chapels Preservation Trust 

List of churches in Derbyshire 

Derbyshire is in the Diocese of Derby

Donate by text

Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

Text code 'OCCT05' to 70070 to donate now (free from all networks).

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St Werburgh's Church, Derby, Derbyshire

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.