Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

All Saints Church (Ashover)

All Saints Church is the parish church of the attractive Derbyshire village of Ashover.

The church dates from the 14th century, and sits in an impressive churchyard, surrounded by a fine collection of trees.

The spire is slender, and rises to 128 feet.

There is a Norman font, dated about 1150. It is made of lead, but has a stone inside. It is believed to have been saved from destruction in the Civil War, when the Rector, Immanuel Bourne, buried it in his kitchen garden.

One of the bells cracked when ringing the news of Napoleon Bonaparte1s retreat from Moscow and his abdication. An inscription on the repaired bell now records this, and so is the only bell in England to feature Napoleon`s name.

An alabaster monument to Thomas Babington and his wife Edith, in the form of a table tomb, dates from 1518.

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