Building » Wirksworth – Our Lady and St Teresa of Lisieux (Chapel of Ease)

Wirksworth – Our Lady and St Teresa of Lisieux (Chapel of Ease)

Gorsey Bank, Water Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4

A modest building built of local stone in a low-key but dignified Norman style. An extension has been carefully designed to match the original building.  The  interior  has  character  and  incorporates  good  stained glass. Church and churchyard make a positive contribution to the character of the conservation area.

Wirksworth is a small market town in the Derbyshire Peak District with a parish church which probably has Anglo-Saxon origins. The area has a long history of lead mining, and cotton manufacture started in the late 18th century and the place became an industrial centre during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The church of Our Lady and St Teresa of Lisieux was opened on 29 October 1931.

In 1976 the Sanctuary was reordered by Smith & Roper of Bakewell. The same architects added an extension at the west end in matching style in 1986.

The church forms part of Matlock parish, and is served from Ripley.

St Teresa is a low, small church built of roughly coursed local gritstone rubble. It has a slate roof and leaded apse roof. The church has a canted apse and gabled south- west porch. Window openings are round-arched.   A west end extension was added during the late 1990s using matching materials. The interior has at the east end a plain sanctuary arch, at the other a flat-headed opening to the extension with retractable doors allowing the spaces to be thrown together. There is an open timber roof rising from stone corbels. Simple furnishings include bench seating and a Gothic style traceried reredos. There is a simple forward altar.   A stained glass scheme of 1931 comprises panels set into plain glass with well-executed figures of saints against a coloured ground.

Heritage Details

Architect: Not established

Original Date: 1931

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed