The peaceful and picturesque market town of Bakewell sits along the River Wye and is the birth place of the famous ‘Bakewell Pudding’. Whilst there is a strong indication to support the presence of much earlier settlements, Bakewell was founded during the Anglo-Saxon period, along with neighbouring villages Tideswell and Eyam. An early variation of the name also appears in the Doomsday Book.
There is evidence of a Saxon church in Bakewell which dates to 920, but the present church dates to the twelfth century in a typical Norman style, of which only the front and west parts of the nave survive today. The rest of what you see before you now was built in the early thirteenth century, with an assortment of restoration taking place in the nineteenth century.