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

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness


Mop and bucket

One of the valiant band of parishioners that keep everything spick and span in the parish church of St Mary’s.

The church is big by parish standards, cruciform in shape and unusually it isn’t flanked by a road on any side, the grave yard is surrounded by a fence and a path with ginnels and small lanes leading out into the town. Each September there is the tradition of  the Wirksworth Church Clypping Ceremony in which the church is encircled by the congregation holding hands around it.

Some years ago I had to do some work in the church, I couldn’t get access till late at night, I was  shown where the lights switches were, given the keys ( a very large bunch) so we could lock up after we’d finished; and left to get on with it. Being the wuss that I am and not fancying being alone in the church,

Stone coffin

Medieval stone coffin, St Mary’s church yard, Wirksworth

I took my mum along with me for company, I’m glad I did, as a few little light bulbs in a building this size didn’t fill the shadows, it was a bit eerie to say the least, it didn’t help that which ever ‘arm’ of the cross you were in, you couldn’t see the what was going on in the rest of the church, it fed a fertile imagination.  We hadn’t been there very long when a thunderstorm broke, I can tell you, that  going from gloom to the whole church and every stained glass window being filled for a millisecond with a lightning  flash, accompanied by a crack of thunder was both breathtakingly  beautiful and a little scary


The effect must have been very much as the architects of this building would have wished,  for there was no mistaking the power and the glory of whatever or whoever is out there.

From a collection of posts about the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth,

they start here


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.

4 thoughts on “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

  1. Great post and pictures–it looks like a wonderful visit.

  2. Wonderful images! Churches can be quite spooky places at times can’t they. xx

  3. My dad & brother are keen bellringers, so when I was younger I spent a lot of time going around various churches. They look so different when they’re empty. Think I would’ve been spooked out if I was in one on my own, in a thunderstorm.

    Fab pics, I love stained glass

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