The Cathedral Church of All Saints was founded in 943. Now known as Derby Cathedral, it is one of the city’s most beautiful historic sites and holds many important monuments of Derby’s and Derbyshire’s past. Inside you will find many treasures such as the tomb of Bess of Hardwick, a memorial to Florence Nightingale and the impressive wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell.
Derby Cathedral’s nave was re-built in 1725 to a Neo-Classical design by the architect James Gibbs. The interior is unique in its simplicity and flooding of natural light, with only two modern stained-glass windows. To offset the plain interior, Gibbs introduced a wrought-iron chancel screen manufactured by local iron-smith Robert Bakewell, which extends across the width of the church and is a key feature of the Cathedral.
The Bridge Chapel: It is situated on the banks of the River Derwent, only a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral. It is one of six medieval bridge chapels left in the UK. At the time it was built, the chapel offered spiritual reassurance to travellers and served as a collection point for tolls for traffic crossing the bridge into Derby.
Guided Tours: A tour of the Cathedral with an experienced guide can be pre-booked for individuals, groups, organisations or clubs. Your guide will provide information on the history of the Cathedral and monuments providing insight into the Cathedral at work.
Tower Tour: Get an opportunity to climb one of the tallest church towers in England. At 212 feet and with 189 steps, it gives amazing views of the city and beyond. The tower is also available for private tour hire.
Cathedral Treasures: The Treasury is situated in the Sir Richard Morris Room of the Cathedral Centre which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2003. The Treasury houses ecclesiastical silverware – One-piece dates back as far as 1491 with several from the reign of Elizabeth I. Unfortunately, the Sir Richard Morris Room is not available at present for casual visits by the public.
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