St Bartholomew, Old Whittington

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There are records of a church on the site from Norman times, but this building was demolished in 1863 when a new, larger church was built about 25 metres north of the original site. This building was gutted by fire on 29 January 1895, leaving only the walls and the tower. The present church was built on these remains and dedicated on 25 September 1896.

Externally, the church - which is situated in around 7 acres of churchyard - is virtually unchanged since that time, though there has been significant re-ordering internally to meet the changing needs of the parish.

With the exception of the clerestory and side windows of the sanctuary, all the windows are glazed with stained glass and are one of the interesting features of the Church. The East window has the Crucifixion scene in the centre light, with representative scenes from the life of St. Bartholomew, the patron Saint on either side. The West window, a memorial to parishioners who fell in the First World War, depicts four soldier saints, St. George, King Alfred, Queen Margaret of Scotland and The Black Prince. The windows in the North and South aisles are a sequence illustrative of English Church History, beginning by the font with two of the British Bishops present at the Council of Arles in A.D. 314 and St. Alban, the first British martyr, A.D. 303, and ending with the first Bishop of Southwell, Dr. Ridding, whose Diocese included Derbyshire at the time of the consecration of this Church.

The stone carvings which decorate the Church were the work of Mr. John Holden of Sheffield. Underneath and supporting the Chancel Arch are two figures representing Music and Praise, with Harp and Cymbals. Above these on either side the arch are two heads, one of Queen Victoria with the sceptre of temporal power, and one of Bishop Selwyn of Lichfield with his crozier. There are also representations of Moses bearing the tables of the Law, and Melchizedek as priest and king, one hand bearing a scroll and the other uplifted in blessing. At the West end of the nave on the South side is Aaron as High Priest holding the Budding rod and on the North side a representation of Purity, with a lily. Either side the vestry door are the Agnus Dei and the Chalice.

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Ms Joanna Moffatt
9 Church Street North
Old Whittington
S41 9QN
(01246) 450651 (Rector) or 07521 777795 (Church Warden)

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Parish Communion
On the first Sunday of each month this is an All Age service, to which children are particularly welcome.
Every first second third and fourth Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour
Joint Communion Service
On the fifth Sunday of the month a joint service is held with St Banabas, New Whittington and the venue alternates between the churches. Note the service at St Barnabas starts at 09.30 AM
Every fifth Sunday at 10:45 AM


Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 9:00 AM


Bell Ringing Practice
Every Friday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
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Christmas Fair
Saturday 21st November 2015 at 11:00 AM for 2 hours
Christmas Tree Festival
The church will be open from 10 to 4 each day from Friday 4th to Monday 7th December. Refreshments will be available.
Friday 4th December 2015 at 10:00 AM
Family Friendly Coffee
Sunday 6th December 2015 at 4:00 PM
Coffee Morning
Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 10:00 AM for 2 hours
Carol Service
Sunday 20th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Crib Service
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Midnight Mass
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour



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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 13276
Archdeaconry: CHESTERFIELD (121)
Deanery: CHESTERFIELD (12105)
Benefice: Whittington (12/227BX)
Parish Legal Name: Saint Bartholomew, Whittington (120143 12/143)
CofE Church Info: (612143 12/143)
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This page was last updated on Tuesday 5th August 2014
St Bartholomew : Church Lane North, Old Whittington, Derbyshire, S41 9QY

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