South view of St John the Baptist Church, St John's Road, Tideswell, Buxton, c 1800?
About this image
Information from www.derbyshireuk.net/tideswell.html and www.derbyshirechurches.org.uk/BUXTON.HTM:
Tideswell's past prosperity is reflected by its magnificent church, dedicated to St John the Baptist and often referred to as "The Cathedral of the Peak". It was built (or, more correctly, rebuilt), without major breaks, over the years c 1340 to c 1400, the tower alone being completed later. It is a cruciform building in Decorated style with a Perp, pinnacled tower built later. It stands as a land mark for miles around and has remained relatively unaltered since. The high aisled and clerestoried nave is linked to the tower by a great arch and its beautifully proportioned unaisled chancel has tall traceried windows of clear glass, giving rise to a description of it as 'one gallery of light and beauty'.
Buried here is William Newton, the utilitarian manager of Cressbrook Mill and a poet, known as the Minstrel of the Peak.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.