All Saints' Church, Kedleston, Derbyshire
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Spectacular memorials and Norman monsters
All Saints' church is all that remains of the medieval village of Kedleston, razed in 1759 by Sir Nathaniel Curzon to make way for the magnificent Kedleston Hall.
Today, the hall is a beautiful National Trust property and you can easily combine a trip to both attractions at once. The Curzon family has lived at Kedleston for 700 years and their stunning memorials - created by several famous designers including Robert Adam - fill the church. The grandest was erected in 1909, commissioned by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, for his wife Mary. A dazzling marble tomb -- with lifesize figures and watching angels -- floats on a sea of green translucent quartz in its own little chapel with superb stained glass windows.
Another monument from 1456 shows Sir John Curzon in full armour with his wife and their two dogs. Essentially thirteenth century, with a classical east end, All Saints is filled with fine fittings including oak box pews, pulpit and communion rails. However, its oldest feature is the Norman south doorway, which has zigzag moulding and grotesque bird heads.
Look out for the carving of the fiendish little cares of horseman and wild beasts that glare out at you just above the door!
The church where Dr Samuel Johnson was married
Where the boundaries of four counties meet
A refuge in a busy city
All Saints' Church is on the Kedleston Hall estate (a National Trust property), located immediately next to the hall. There are steps up into the churchyard and steps down into the church.
There is access for wheelchairs through the chancel door by advance request.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
Travel from Derby to Ashbourne on A52 for 5 miles, then follow brown National Trust signs to Kedleston Hall; the church is directly next to the Hall
Nearest railway station: Derby (5 miles). Bus route number 109
History & Further 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.Kedleston All Saints' - Your Church Tour Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Derbyshire. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
A walk round guide for All Saints' Church, Kedleston
This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).
Community information for All Saints' Church, Kedleston
All our Derbyshire churches are in our North administrative region.
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