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

St Anne’s Church is now a Festival Church, with services usually taking place at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Summer Well Decorating. The next service will be a community carol service with adhoc nativity at 3pm on Sunday 15th December 2019.

Contact the Vicarage in Tideswell (01298 871317) if you want to arrange to visit this beautiful Church at other times.




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

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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.