It isn’t on the Churches Conservation Trust list that I am tracking down but, hey, I can’t be too restrictive :)
We visited Tutbury on Sunday to visit the castle. This church was attached to the Priory founded by the owner of the castle Henry de Ferrers. There is believed to be an Anglo Saxon church pre-dating this one underneath but work began on this one in 1086 and it was consecrated on the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in 1089.
The Benedictine Priory was built about 60 years later and inhabited by brothers from Normandy and dedicated to St Peter.
It suffered the same fate as most monasteries in the dissolution but the church remains in a pretty churchyard covered in primroses.
Unfortunately we couldn’t get in (I think it sad that a lot of churches are locked now) but the real interest in this church are the door carvings.
This is the west door of the church and is said to be one of the richest Norman church fronts in the country.
There are birds, beasts and imps in these carvings and most of them are still in incredible conditions.
This arch is alabaster. It is the earliest example of alabaster carving in the country and the only example of it being used in an exterior arch.
Both doors are very ornate.
There is evidence of canon damage on the west wall, from one of the instances of the castle being under attack. Now that’s not very civilised it is?