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All Saints, Kedleston

All Saints is filled with many outstanding features, most notably its collection of monuments to the Curzon family, in the grounds of whose family house the church stands. The monuments span an amazing 700 years and include mediaeval alabaster effigies and 18th century memorials designed by Robert Adam and Michael Rysbrack. The most striking is the magnificent memorial chapel designed by G F Bodley in 1906, the year before his death and constructed by Lord Curzon, the former Viceroy of India, in 1906, to the memory of his wife Mary. Its dazzling white marble tomb, green translucent quartz floor and superb stained glass windows, made deliberately pale so as to throw light on the monument, combine to create a sumptuous and extravagant chapel. Essentially 13th century, with a classical east end, All Saints is filled with fine fittings including oak box pews, pulpit and communion rails. However, its oldest feature is the Norman south doorway which has zigzag moulding and grotesque birds heads. Look out for the carving of the horseman and wild beasts just above the door!


Dedication: All Saints

Address: All Saints' church, Kedleston Hall, Quarndon, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH

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Opening hours: Open 2 April to 3 November: Monday - Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm
Parking facilities: Yes
Toilet facilities: Yes
Accessibility issues: Acccess for wheelchairs through gardens through Chancel door

OS Ref no: SK 313 404
Directions: Travel from Derby to Ashbourne on A52 for 5 miles, then follow brown National Trust signs to Kedleston Hall. The church is directly next to the Hall.
Transport: Parking in grounds of Kedleston Hall. Nearest railway station: Derby (5 miles). Bus route 109

Nearby attractions: Kedleston Hall (NT)