Updated 5 Jan 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Unposted. View from the Bell tower looking South.
View South from the Town Hall,
An interesting photo taken from the Italianate
Bell tower of the Town Hall,
near the Market place, the centre of Wirksworth.
The view looks South, along St John Street and beyond to the
open fields and woods surrounding this small town.
In the foreground is
Church Walk, a traffic-free path encircling
the Parish Church, whose graveyard is on the left.
The two piers to the Lych-gate of 1721, which leads from
St John's Street to Church Walk are in the foreground, see
a drawing of one of these piers.
Accounts of 1721 record a payment of £11 "to Isaac Kirk
for working & setting up the Piers". Other mentions of Isaac Kirk
in the Accounts are:
9703, he only seems to have done work for the
Church from 1720 to 1721.
A modern photo of the Lych-gate shows the short alley
from St John Street to Church Walk.
Further drawings can be seen of the rear of buildings backing
onto Church Walk, those on the
right of the piers, and those on the
Unposted. Bell tower and the tall Bank building.
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