PARISH OF LONGSTONE
The ancient Ecclesiastical Parish of Longstone includes five villages and hamlets: Great Longstone, Little Longstone, Rowland, Hassop, and Wardlow. Under the 1894 Local Government Act the five villages and hamlets were all made Civil Parishes, but they are still part of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Longstone.
The medieval Parish Church of St Giles is situated in the village of Great Longstone. It is listed Grade 1 because of its fine medieval roof and the quality of its restoration in 1873 by the architect, Richard Norman Shaw. Use the "Useful links" drop down menu for the English Heritage full listing desciptions.
In the parish, there is also a 19th century Chapel of Ease in Wardlow, which is listed Grade 2.
St Giles Parish Church, Great Longstone.
Sunday services are:
- 8am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month: BCP Holy Communion
- 11.00am on the 1st Sunday: Lay-led Morning Worship
- 11.00am on 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays: Sung Eucharist
- 6.30pm every Sunday: Evensong (BCP)
But see below for any special services.
Sung Eucharists are Common Worship - Order One, in modern language.
Holy Communions and Evensongs are Book of Common Prayer.
Midweek services are:
- 3.15 pm Tuesday, Prayer Group, tel 01629 640279
- 10 am every Tuesday - Tinies Play & Praise in the Village Hall
- 10am on 1st Wednesday - Holy Communion (CW)
- 11am each Wednesday - Holy Communion at Thornhill House
- 10am Friday, Friday Fellowship, tel 01629 640424
Forthcoming events and special services.
ST GILES CHURCH, GREAT LONGSTONE
2016 Christmas Services:
18th December at 6.30pm Festival of 9 Lessons & Carols by Candlelight
24th December at 3.00pm Crib Service & Jesus' Christmas Party
24th December at 11.30pm Midnight Mass
24th December at 11.00am Christmas Parish Eucharist
Flower Festival 2017: 13th - 20th May 10am - 6pm (except Sunday 12.30pm - 6pm) Refreshments available all day in the Village Hall. Phone Mrs Fraser-Smith for further details on 01629 640478
Open Gardens 2017 (proceeds to the Church) Saturday 24th June (11am - 5pm) and Sunday 25th June (1pm - 5pm). Phone Mr or Mrs Rowson for further details on 01629 640023)
CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, WARDLOW
Services are held at 9.00 am on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Second Sunday: Parish Eucharist
Fourth Sunday: Morning Worship (Lay-led)
Forthcoming Special Services and Other Events:
Flower Festival 2016: Sat 14th May - Sun 5th June. Tea/coffee and delicious cakes available.
For enquiries about baptisms (Christenings), marriages and funerals in the Parish of Longstone please contact the Vicar: Rev'd James Croft, The Vicarage, Church Lane, Great Longstone, DE45 1TB or telephone: 01629 640257
The church is open for visitors every day from around 9am till dusk.
There are church guide books on sale at £2 each. These are now kept at the Derbyshire County Council Records Office in Matlock. Their records state the following about St Giles:
GREAT LONGSTONE, St Giles (D2373) lncludes townships of Little Longstone, Wardlow, Rowland (from mid 19th century) and Hassop (from c1910).
Originally parochial chapelry in parish of Bakewell.
Became separate parish 1852. No entries for baptisms, burials 1743-1764, marriages 1740-1754
They have original records and microfilms which cover slightly different dates. The records include:
Original Registers in the DRO
Baptisms 1637-1742 1765-1955
Marriages 1637-1739 1755-1812 1817-1968
Banns of Marriage 1868-1926
Burials 1637-1742 1765-1880
Microfilms in the DRO
Baptisms 1637-1742 1765-1955
Marriages 1637-1739 1755-1812 1817-1943
Banns of Marriage 1868-1880
Burials 1637-1742 1765-1856
Source = Parish Register Guide (PDF file)