St Helen's Church, Darley Dale

St Helen's Church, Darley Dale


St Helen’s Church dates from the 12th century and has elements of architecture from the Norman to the Perpendicular Gothic periods with west embattled tower.  This houses the ringing chamber unusually open to view from the main body of the church. 

It was restored and enlarged between 1854 and 1855 and again in 1908 by the architect Percy Heylyn Currey   It contains Norman and Jacobean Gothic fonts, monuments, frescoes, Saxon enriched stones, and a Burne-Jones window, depicting the Song of Songs.  There are monuments to Sir John de Darley who was Lord of the Manor over 700 years ago, and in the chancel, a Kneeling John Milward, his wife and their 11 children. John was a colonel in the Kings Army during the Civil War, and they lived at Snitterton Hall, a stone gabled Elizabethan house situated two miles from the church.
Stone coffin lids can be seen in the south entrance porch. Some appear to be of Saxon origin, some rather later. Such stones show that there must have been a church on this site during Saxon times.  Near the south entrance is an ancient and famous yew tree, one of the thickest in England, having a girth of around 33 feet, 4 feet from the ground. It is believed to be well over 2000 years old.

Present Day:

The fellowship at St Helen’s comes from many different church backgrounds which gives us a rich and varied spiritual life.  We are an Inclusive Church and welcome all. It's great to gather together as the Body of Christ in this beautiful part of Derbyshire but though we have differences we have one Lord, One Faith and One Passion for the Gospel.  Everyone is very welcome to come and take part fully in our services and church life.  We are part of a United Benefice with St Mary’s and St John’s, Winster, and every fifth Sunday unite at one of the churches for Holy Communion, alongside joining in other services and social activities.

Behind the church we are developing the Peace Garden and Garden of Remembrance, open to anyone who needs a space for quiet contemplation (even when it is break time at our nearby church school).  Every second Saturday of the month we have a coffee morning 10.00am to 12noon so do pop in for refreshment if you are passing by.

All regular service details can be found on our website (under redevelopment) and these include a shared Family Service with St Mary’s, South Darley, alternating between the two churches on the second Sunday of the month, starting at 10.00am.  Once a month there is a more relaxed and contemporary Intimate Worship service of prayer and praise (6.00pm) and also once a month a Café Church starting with a bring and share tea at 5.00pm.  Sunday Kids meets in the church hall on the first and fourth Sundays.

At the moment we are not open for visitors on a regular basis but check the website for any changes to our current pattern, and for all details of what is happening.'s+Church,+Darley+Dale/@53.1634523,-1.599172,14.5z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x6730331f935a6b38!8m2!3d53.1633901!4d-1.6022004



Church Rd,
Darley Dale

Revd. Stephen Monk
01629 734257