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Shadows of the Past…..

The six hundred year long story of St. John the Baptist, Tideswell will be told during the village’s Wakes TP-195c-HGSJ_Tomb-2016and Well Dressing Week (June 22nd – 30th) with a unique art installation, “Shadows of the Past: A History of The Cathedral of the Peak in a Hundred People.” Short biographies of a hundred people whose lives have touched St. John’s will be displayed in a strikingly visual way, inviting visitors to take a walk through history, and to meet some remarkable people, such as the mysterious de Bowers, commemorated in the south transept (see picture). The church will be open from 10am to 6pm each day, with refreshments served until about 4pm, and entry is free. Find St. John’s on line, with information about church and tower tours:  and
(Photo credit: Bernard O’Sullivan/Inside Out Photography)

Miller’s Dale, St Anne’s


Miller's DaleSt Anne’s Church was built as a ‘school church’ in 1879 and remains at the centre of the Miller’s Dale and Litton Mill communities.

The Church is close to the Monsall Trail on the main road through Miller’s Dale. There is a sunday morning service at St Anne’s on the 2nd Sunday of each month plus occasional specials.

The church has a fine set of embroidered Alter Frontals from the Leek Embroidery School.



Litton, Christ Church

Litton Frosty MorningChrist Church, Litton, was dedicated in  the late 1920’s, the gift of Miss Penfold of Sterndale House in Litton village. This new church building allowed the development of the school which is still housed in the original Anglican church built in 1869 by Canon Samuel Andrew, Vicar of Tideswell, to provide church, school and reading room for the village.  Built of local limestone, Christ Church’s beauty lies in its simplicity, creating a prayerful space on the edge of the village surrounded by a community garden. With seating for 100 in the nave, there is a gallery for the organ and choir.  The pipe organ was reinstalled in Litton when Peak Dale Anglican Church closed in 2006.  The stone font dates from the 18th century


Sunday services are held at Christ Church on the 1st and 3rd Sunday morning of each month. Christ Church is licensed for weddings and available for concerts and other community events.  The gardens are maintained by a retired villager using plants donated by other villagers, and Litton CE School gardening club has an allotment at the rear.  The cross in the churchyard was made by Messrs Bridgeman of Lichfield, and bears the inscription ‘is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?’ from the Book of Lamentations. There is an eco-friendly composting toilet in the garden.

Friends of the Cathedral of the Peak

Find out more about the Friends of St John the Baptist Church at:

Friends of The Cathedral of the Peak

There is an extensive article on the history of Tideswell church on Wikipedia!

Your Invitation!

St John the Baptist Church is at the heart of the Derbyshire village of Tideswell in the Peak District National Park. Since the 14th Century, our historic building has been home to a lively and creative Christian Community and is to this day!

Look out for cafe church, a great opportunity to meet us and enjoy fantastic coffee and muffins! Search for “Taste and See” for more details or check out the calendar.

The Church building is open each day from 9am to 6pm, call in and explore if you are visiting the area or calling at a local event. Our church is in the Diocese of Derby and part of the Church of England, working closely with other churches in the area.