St Mary


The tower is constructed of trimmed sand stone blocks from the local area (Duke’s quarries, Cromford, Derbyshire). The roof is oak beamed and covered with copper sheet; further weather-proofing has been carried out by applying Belzona paint. The remainder of the building is of precast, steel reinforced, concrete pillars and beams with walls of hard well burnt facing bricks and Common bricks plus blue Staffordshire bricks.

The brickwork rises at four courses per foot including joints in Flemish bond but four-and-a-half-inch walls and skins of hollow walls are built in Stretcher Bond. The walls have a two-inch cavity. The damp-proof course is Hyload Pitch Polymer and block work is Thermalite Y tong Blocks.

The window frames are of mild steel and glazed with twenty-four and thirty two ounce clear glass depending on window size. The doors and internal window are glazed with one-quarter-inch thick polished plate glass. The softwood joinery was selected from Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock or European Redwood and the hardwood doors and frames are Sapele.

A full ‘Bills of Quantities’ of all building materials used in the construction of the Church is retained in the Church archives.

The exterior features of the Church tower are illuminated in the evenings by special floodlights installed in December 2004.