Tuesday, June 07, 2011

St Peter, Parwich, Derbyshire

In the centre of the village stands the parish church, a neo-Norman affair, quite large, dating from 1873-74. The church it replaced was quite small in comparison, but its north doorway and chancel arch were incorporated into the tower, both original Norman work. Sadly the tympanum which was once sheltered has become weathered since it was exposed to the elements, and inside the church a copy of it has been made and is on display, after it was reluctantly agreed it would be over-costly to swap the tympana around. These features of course dictated the style of the church itself, although the tower is more EE with a broach spire. It is rather competent but dull. Also from the old church, the Norman font and the Royal Arms over the chancel arch, neither mentioned in Pevsner.

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