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St. Martin’s, Stoney Middleton

August 9, 2014

St. Martin’s, Stoney Middleton

DSCF9209A very surprising church is this pretty village. From the west all looks pretty normal but step inside and the visitor is transported into a different world. It was originally built as a well chapel and the Parliamentary Commissions declared in 1650 that it was a ‘parochial chapel thought fitt (sic)to be made a parish church.’ In 1757 a fire destroyed the nave and two years later an octagonal nave was built.

DSCF9210DSCF9211This gives St. Martin’s an intimate feel and it must be a good place to worship in. There are post cards for sale and a guide book. Above the font is a wonderful picture, presumably made by children. A lectionary was left open and this really does feel like a church which is prayed in. A man came in and told me something of the history of the church. He spoke with pride of this place and justifiably so. It is a lovely little church and so out of the ordinary.

It would be good if there was somewhere to leave prayer requests, especially as this is a church which receives a fair number of visitors – some 59 had signed the visitors book in July. There will be many more than that as only a small percentage ever enter their names. Also a votive stand would do well here and would suit the churchmanship of the church. Something about the Christian faith would be good to – the Gospel Imprint leaflets would be good here (http://www.gospelimprint.com/) these are free to download and look nice if printed on coloured stiff paper.

All in all, I like St. Martin’s very much – go and have a look and see if you agree. It is one of the nicest churches in Derbyshire. I rate it as OK for this study but it wouldn’t take much to make it very good.

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