Although the existence of a Church in Buxton is recorded in the Domesday book
the earliest dating we can give to the present building is some time in the 13th century -
to which period the Sedilia and Piscina near the High Altar and the doorway to the North Porch belong.
The presence of a north porch is probably explained as an entrance to the church from
Buxton Manor (Burgh with Kineshall) which lay to the north east of the Church.
There is a sad memorial to a child, Mary Anne Kent, near the altar - she died after vaccination and the problems of interfering with nature are highlighted.
On a lighter note there is the story about a Mr Bell, the Church Clerk who had to close the church for cleaning. He gave out a notice saying
"This hare Chaash will be shet nex Sunday and the Sunday arter that, for why? That's to be whitewased yaller."
St. Andrews - The BellsEarly in the 16th century there were 3 bells. These are inscribed "Jon Bread made me, 1657".
A fourth says Thomas Newman made me, 1707.
The fifth, a tenor, was made in 1657 & recast by John Warner & Sons 1910.
The sixth, a treble, was given by Philip Edward Sewell and also cast by John Warner in 1910. The old 5 were rehung in a new frame for 6 bells when the tower was rebuilt in 1882 and in 1910 rope guides were added to enable the bells to be rung from downstairs. On the 6 bells 720 changes can be rung.
A History of Buxton Church has been written by A.K.Birch and
is available at the Forum Library and copies are held at Buxton Vicarage.