St Werburgh's Church, Derby, Derbyshire

Friar Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1UZ
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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 seventeenth-century tower and old chancel of this large church are in the care of the CCT - but not the 'new', nineteenth-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.