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 descriptions. In the parish, there is also a 19th century Chapel of Ease in Wardlow, which is listed Grade 2.
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) includes 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
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).
3.15 pm Tuesday, Prayer Group, tel 01629 640279
11am each Wednesday - Holy Communion at Thornhill House
10am Friday, Friday Fellowship, tel 01629 640424
All Saints Church
Because of the Coronovirus, there will be no Services in either St Giles’ or The Church of the Good Shepherd in Wardlow until further notice.
St Giles' Church is open for individual private prayer from 10 am to 4pm every day. Please follow the instructions in the porch regarding hand hygiene and social distancing.
TOY SUNDAY The Vicar has had discussions with the authorities at the Hospital which resulted in the normal Toy Sunday Collection and Services not taking place this year because the Hospital is unable to accept gifts of toys whilst the coronavirus regulations operate. However , on 6th December at the Wardlow and St Giles’ services (subject to the present lock-down being lifted) there will be an opportunity for us to make financial donations which the Hospital would very much welcome and use as they see fit, but only for the benefit of children who would have otherwise received the toys.
The Chapel is part of the Bakewell Circuit.
Services are held every Sunday at 10 a.m - all are welcome.
Owing to the Coronavirus, there will be no services for the foreseeable future. Keep safe everyone, we shall be praying for the village.