Great Longstone Community Website

Tuesday, February 25



The ancient Ecclesiastical Parish of Longstone includes five villages and hamlets:  Great Longstone, Little Longstone, Rowland, Hassop, and Wardlow.  Under the 1894 Local Government Act the five villages and hamlets were all made Civil Parishes, but they are still part of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Longstone.

The medieval Parish Church of St Giles is situated in the village of Great Longstone.  It is listed Grade 1 because of its fine medieval roof and the quality of its restoration in 1873 by the architect, Richard Norman Shaw.  Use the "Useful links" drop down menu for the English Heritage full listing desciptions.

In the parish, there is also a 19th century Chapel of Ease in Wardlow, which is listed Grade 2.

St Giles Parish Church, Great Longstone.

Sunday services are:

  • 8am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month: BCP Holy Communion
  • 11.00am on the 1st Sunday: Lay-led Morning Worship
  • 11.00am on 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays: Sung Eucharist
  • 6.30pm every Sunday: Evensong (BCP)

But see below for any special services. 

Sung Eucharists are Common Worship - Order One, in modern language.

Holy Communions and Evensongs are Book of Common Prayer.

Midweek services are:

  • 3.15 pm Tuesday, Prayer Group, tel 01629 640279
  • 11am each Wednesday - Holy Communion at Thornhill House
  • 10am Friday, Friday Fellowship, tel 01629 640424

Forthcoming events and special services.


Thursday, 4th April 2019    Messy Church

Sunday, 31st March            APCM

Tuesday, 16th April            Standing Committee Meeting

Sunday, 21st April              Easter Services

Flower Festival 2019: 11th - 18th May 10am - 5pm (except Sunday 1pm-5pm.  Theme: Birds.  Phone Mrs Fraser-Smith for further details on 01629  640478  

Tuesday, 21st May             PCC Meeting   

Sunday, 26th May              Rogation Walk and Lunch at  The Crispin 

Open Gardens 2019: Saturday 29th June (11am - 5pm) and Sunday 30th June (1pm - 5pm).  Phone Mr or Mrs Rowson for further details on   01629 640023)

Tuesday, 9th July               Standing Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 17th September  PCC Meeting

Tuesday, 29th Octoer         Standing Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 10th December   PCC Meeting

St Giles Church, Christmas Day 2004, photo by Michelle Cryer


Services are held at 9.00 am on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

Second Sunday:   Parish Eucharist

Fourth Sunday:    Morning Worship (Lay-led)

 Forthcoming Special Services and Other Events:


For enquiries about baptisms (Christenings), marriages and funerals in the Parish of Longstone please contact the Vicar: Rev'd James Croft, The Vicarage, Church Lane, Great Longstone, DE45 1TB or telephone: 01629 640257


The church is open for visitors every day from around 9am till dusk.

There are church guide books on sale at £2 each. These are now kept at the Derbyshire County Council Records Office in Matlock. Their records state the following about St Giles:

GREAT LONGSTONE, St Giles (D2373) lncludes townships of Little Longstone, Wardlow, Rowland (from mid 19th century) and Hassop (from c1910).
Originally parochial chapelry in parish of Bakewell.
Became separate parish 1852. No entries for baptisms, burials 1743-1764, marriages 1740-1754

They have original records and microfilms which cover slightly different dates. The records include:
Original Registers in the DRO
Baptisms 1637-1742 1765-1955
Marriages 1637-1739 1755-1812 1817-1968
Banns of Marriage 1868-1926
Burials 1637-1742 1765-1880

Microfilms in the DRO
Baptisms 1637-1742 1765-1955
Marriages 1637-1739 1755-1812 1817-1943
Banns of Marriage 1868-1880
Burials 1637-1742 1765-1856

Source = Parish Register Guide (PDF file)