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The interior of All Saints Church at Kirk Hallam looking from the chancel into the nave. The structure of this small aisle-less church is, according to its Listing description, 14th and 15th century with a significant degree of restoration in the Victorian era. However, some earlier relics remain, including the tub-shaped font (visible here) with its arcade of intersecting arches. Until 1539 the church was administered by nearby Dale Abbey and the first priests were monks, the earliest recorded being one Simon de Radford in 1298. By the 18th century the building was ruinous and was allegedly lucky to escape demolition in 1778. Restoration work in the mid-19th century included the addition of a south porch but otherwise was relatively restrained. All Saints has been Listed Grade I since 1963. Other features worthy of note in this photo include the painted wall texts and the organ supplied by Peter Conacher & Company of Huddersfield around 1904. Interestingly, the Listing description mentions the rood screen that today divides the chancel from the nave as being 19th century - since there is no sign of it in this Edwardian view, it must be later.