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“Walk through the viklage”

The Cathedral of the Peak
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Tideswell
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An historic, grade 1 listed building with in the village of Tideswell. The site has a recorded history approaching a thousand years, the current building approximately six hundred and thirty. The Church is Grade 1 listed (since 1967) as “one of the most important of the county's medieval parish churches. The "Friends of St John, Tideswell" (FoSJ) is established for the restoration, preservation, repair, maintenance, improvement and adornment of the Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist, Tideswell (The Cathedral of the Peak) in the Diocese of Derby and of monuments, fittings, fixtures, stained glass, furniture, ornaments and chattels which belong to the church, in the church and churchyard, for the public benefit." Our broader purposes are to afford the general public, and generations to come the opportunity to experience the majesty of St John’s and to allow continued Christian witness there.
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to stop after a lovely walk around the village. Warm welcome feeling I the church with information on the history of Tideswell.

Thank Paula A
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"well worth a visit"
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"wood carvings"
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"stained glass"
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"large church"
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"the main road"
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"small village"
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"old church"
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"st john the baptist"
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"local history"
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"side chapels"
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"bit messy"
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"striking building"
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"village centre"
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"lovely place"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed 2 August 2017

For the past ten years, we have regularly passed the turn off to Tideswell on our travels and intended to go. We made a special effort not realizing it was only one mile from that junction and a mile worth travelling.
The village is bigger than you think with old buildings and a few quaint shops.
The best thing though is the cathedral, in reality a large church which towers in the market square.
From the gate walk down the tree lined path to the entrance and once inside what a surprise you get.
You look along the main aisle to see the alter and stained glass in the distance, there are two smaller chaples on either side but the most interesting to me was the wood carvings.
The church is clean and welcoming giving a feeling of total peace, the grounds at the front are pleasant to sit in but the rear of the grounds are a bit messy.
Although it was raining it didnt ruin our day but I do suggest you visit on a sunny day to get the full feeling of both the church and the village.
This is one place we intend going back to on a warmer, brighter day.

1  Thank edwardbear80
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Very peaceful village with friendly residents. A good base from to see the Peak District. We will return.

Thank kennethyoung53
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

This is quite a striking building in the middle of Tideswell, and it has a lovely double line of trees leading upnto the entrance. Inside it has some beautiful stained glass, some interesting exhibits on the work done by the church. The only drawback for me is there are bits of the church that are quite messy snd untidy. OK, I know it is a working parish chuch but seeing stuff lying in pews, and being unable, for example, to view the books in the church library because of clutter detracts from the ambience of the building.

It is still worth visiting despite this.

1  Thank Will1957
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Reviewed 24 June 2017

We visited when It was 'Tidza Wake' week. This is when the well dressing takes place plus all sorts of other festivities. Tidza is the local nickname for Tideswell and apparently 'Wakes weeks' are from the same origin as a funeral wake, when tradtionally an all night vigil would have been carried out.
The church is lovely and the exhibition of local history was very engaging.

Thank ChrisP7897
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