Staveley, St John the Baptist

Staveley, St John the Baptist

Since before the Domesday Book, there has been a church on this site.   The present building, dedicated to St John the Baptist, was begun in the twelfth century, and remodelled a number ot times in succeeding centuries, culminating in a major rebuild in 1865.  It has always been closely linked with prominent local families; since the seventeenth century the patronage has been held by the Dukes of Devonshire.

The church boasts a Norman font, mediaeval brasses, one of the largest mediaeval altar-stones still surviving, a rare seventeenth century window with painted heraldic glass, and significant twentieth-century sculpture.  There are shrines to Our Lady and St John the Baptist, and a memorial to the miners killed in the Markham Colliery disasters in the 1930's, presided over by St Michael the Archangel, patron of those who work in dangerous places, and lit by a single miner's lamp which burns continuously.

The church is a place of great beauty and interest, steeped in a thousand years of prayer.

Please note that you may park in the grounds of Staveley Hall behind the church, accessed from the main road through the town.  There is level or ramped access as far as the South Door, and a single step inside, and further steps in the Chancel and Sanctuary.


Frecheville Inscription
Mediaeval Tomb Slab
17th Century Painted Glass
Lady Chapel Window
Mediaeval Altar Slab
Grotesque on Norman Font


Visit requires prior arrangement
Refreshments nearby
Car park
Place for quiet reflection


Stained Glass
Architectural Features
Historical Significance

Church Street
S43 3TN

Revd Stephen Jones (Team Rector)
01246 498603 / or Rev'd Adrian Arnold (Team Vicar) 01246 280633 /

Open times:

Open before and after services:  Sunday 9.30 and 6.30 (5.30 in winter months); Wednesday at 7.00 pm; Thursday and Saturday at 9.15 am; and by arrangement.