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Christ Church

The beautiful interior of Christ Church

The Union Jack located next to oak carved roll of honour (right)
Christ Church

Christ Church (pictured left) on Sheffield Road is the sister church to Holy Trinity and both share the same rector, David Horsfall.

The Foundation Stone of this church was laid on 5 September 1869 by the Venerable Thos. Hill B.D., Archdeacon of Derby, and consecrated on 20 September 1870 by the Bishop of Lichfield.

The Church includes a number of stained glass windows and one to the side of the East window is of special interest. This depicts two soldiers looking at an illuminated crucifix and is dedicated to bandsman Thomas William Stubley (Sidesman of this Church) who was killed in action 16 May 1916. It is understood that the deceased’s family chose this design because a postcard bearing this image was found on their son’s body. 

The north wall of the Chancel contains an oak carved ‘Roll of Honour’ to the men of Stonegravels who died in the First World War and was erected on 24 April 1919.

For many years the Church has had strong connections with the Armed Forces, and Chesterfield British Legion’s annual Remembrance Service is held here each November with the Mayor and local Councillors in attendance.

Private Charles Gordon Shaw

 As we remember the 100 years anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the people of Stonegravels can celebrate the finding of the grave of one of their soldiers who fought in this important First World War conflict. Private Charles Gordon Shaw of the1/6th (Chesterfield) Battalion of the Notts & Derby. Sherwood Foresters was mortally wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He died from his wounds in Chester Hospital on 7th July and was buried at Christ Church Stonegravels on 11th July 1916. Unfortunately, when the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) tried to mark the grave, they were unable to establish where Private Shaw was buried, and they were resigned to simply erecting a headstone at Christ Church stating that he was buried elsewhere in the churchyard. Prompted by an enquiry from Mrs Doris Innes, the deceased’s niece, a full investigation was carried out into this burial and eventually his grave was discovered in May of this year. The CWGC has agreed to mark the grave with a new headstone later this year, but in the meantime the family of Private Shaw held a graveside service at Christ Church on Monday 11th July at 2pm exactly 100 years to the day since their relative was buried. The service was conducted by the Reverend Kevin Ball, chaplain to the Sherwood Foresters and attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield together with members of the soldier’s regiment plus a number of his family, relatives of Sgt Dick Wagg, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for rescuing Private Shaw, and members of the British Legion. After the service Ian Shaw, the great nephew of the deceased, gave a short presentation detailing the action which led to Private Shaw’s death.

For further info or to enquire about weddings and baptisms contact:

Revd. David Horsfall

Tel: 01246 220860


Holy Trinity Rectory
31 Newbold Road
S41 7PG