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“popped in whilst in tideswell”

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 15 October 2017

lovely place, worth a good photo shot, a wedding was being conducted when i went there, lovely archway of trees to the church door, lovely

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Saldj62
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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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"lovely church"
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"small village"
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"old church"
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"st john the baptist"
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"side chapels"
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"bit messy"
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"striking building"
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"local history"
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"cakes"
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

I've always wanted to visit finally went. I found it lovely inside, it was very peaceful. There is some beautiful wood carvings to admire.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Having visited this historic and once beautiful church many times in the past it was most disappointing to see how the interior has deteriorated. Floral displays were not looked after, petals on the floor and withered foliage. Cob webs were abundant. Lots of dust in the pews. Open door was allowing leaves and general dust into the building as well as a howling wind. Grave yard is immaculate and the carvings and windows are well worth a visit. Great photographic display of past well dressings such a shame about the cleanliness and general appearance inside.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Can rightfully be called the cathedral of the Peak. Wonderful interior which really does give you the impression of being a mini cathedral. Plenty to see and is an interest to all ages.
Stained glass windows are especially worth the visit as is the alter are and the various side chapels.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Crowley99
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

For such a small town. Came here with my father who was retracing his roots, having been evacuated from Guernsey during the Second World War. This was his first visit for over 70 years and he was delighted with the plaque in the grounds commemorating those days. This is a lively church with much of interest in it. What us hard to understand today is how such a small town supported such a large and ornate church.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank theflyingdoctor
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