Yesterday, on the way back from visiting my sister in Chesterfield, we stopped for a while in Baslow. We were actually looking for a post office which we didn't find but on our quest to find one we parked behind the church. This was an area of Baslow I'd never been in before and as it was such a lovely late afternoon we took a stroll through the churchyard so I could try out my new camera.
St Anne's Church in Baslow is in a lovely position right next to the River Derwent. The tower, spire and nave are either 13th century or 14th century, depending on which information you read, but much of the church was restored in the 1850s by the then Duke of Devonshire with the help of his head gardener and great friend Joseph Paxton.
The churchyard was full of old memorial stones some standing quite close to the river.
Inside, the nave and chancel were neat and well kept, the stained glass in the windows shining in the sunshine.
The Priest's stairway with reflections of the trees on the stone wall
Opposite the church was a rather spectacular shop called Avant Garde full of lovely household things.
This area of Baslow is know as Bridge End and this is the Bridge End toll bridge a 17th century, 3 arched construction with, as you can see below, a little stone shelter built for the toll collector which has an entrance of only 1 metre in height.
The views from the bridge down to the river were lovely - you can just make out the water fall in the photo below.
We didn't have long to linger here but it was a spot I could have spent ages in just wandering around.