Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Top Chapel



I bring you another church, this time it’s Top Chapel, or more formally know as Charlesworth Congregational Church (date stone 1797); it sits fair and square, high on the hills above the village of Charlesworth in Derbyshire, and just down the road from the cows

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The vista is impressive, you can see for miles and miles and on  clear day, across the city of Manchester. When I stopped by, the sky was brooding in a moody, adolescent sort of way.

Onwards and upwards

If last weeks grave yard, made its statement with, copper plate script, and inscriptions rooted in the landscape, this one alludes to a  oneness with the heavens, being as it is, most definitely a  ‘Top Chapel’ perched in such an elevated position and with many of the memorials being what can best be described as ‘upwardly mobile’ with a vogue for tomb stones in the style of pillars, columns and obelisks. (which, to me at any rate, seems rather ironic, as death in my view, is a bit of leveller)

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The wind was scouring, with nothing to impede it which ever direction it traveled, it howled across the hills: even the holly tree in the grave yard had rolled its leaves up into a foetal position in a valiant effort to protect its self from the piercing  winds. I shall be passing this way again over the next few months, I imagine the view rarely looks the same two days running, watch this space, but I’ll wear an extra jumper next time.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Top Chapel

  1. That looks wonderfully bleak and moody! xx

  2. I confess that the only thing that appeals to me about Top Chapel is the view. It looks cold and forbidding especially compared to the lovely old Suffolk churches that I see when I’m down there. I can believe that you would need an extra jumper or two up there even in summer.

  3. Wow, what a great place to build a Chapel, is it still used?

  4. Very moody shots. I’m wondering, too, if the chapel is still in use? My fave is the second shot – love the lighting on the memorials. Question – a jumper is a sweater?

  5. I thought I left a reply here… hmmm wonder who ended up with it? LOL

    Another historical and interesting church ~ the sky adds special atmosphere to these photos! Thanks for braving the weather to be able to share this with us.

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