40 Kedleston Rd Darley Abbey Derby DE22 1GU
The burghers of Derby required room for a ring road – but St Alkmund stood in the way, so he was CPOd and sent elsewhere.
Looking for Mr Wright.
When the Victorian church was demolished, traces of several earlier churches were revealed, stretching back to the 9th century. Artefacts found included the stone sarcophagus of Alkmund of Derby, now in Derby Museum and Art Gallery.
Photos: John Mackay 1967
Given a fairly generous budget the Diocese decided upon a modern design solution, in order to solve the pressing problem of their missing church.
Local architects Naylor Sale and Widdows were commissioned to resolve this omission.
Construction began in 1967 completed in 1972.
The exterior boasts a static space rocket spire – which was lowered into position using not one but two helicopters.
Along with a delightful Festival of Britain style clock.
The entrance a light as air glass and aluminium construction.
Paired with a gently curving brick mass.
The main body of the church is deceptively capacious.
The wall of glass suitably illuminating.
The original lighting has been retained, though the former cork floor has been carpeted and the original pews replaced by portable seating.
There is a side chapel incorporating stained glass from the original church.
Thank you so much to Alex and Tony for granting us access to this stunning church.