In 1135, Willam de Gresley built a small priory, which was dedicated to St George. The priory fell into decay after 1536 and only the nave survived, which became the Parish Church of Gresley.
During the 18th Century, the state of the church deteriorated. In 1788 a faculty was granted to take down the church and rebuild all but the tower but fundraising failed to raise the required funds (a strikingly familiar story!) and consequently a less costly repair commenced.
Our Grade II* Listed building is the only ancient building in the district.
Did you know…?
– The dedication to St Mary as well as St George was due to a mistake by a scribe!
– Two of the six bells in our tower were cast in 1639.
– Our church was used for food storage in World War II.
Here is a list of all our known previous vicars at Gresley Church, dating back to 1151. This list is hanging in our church.
|c1151 – c1157||Reginald|
|c1268 – 1281||Richard|
|1281 – c1291||William de Seyle|
|c1308||Robert de Gresley|
|1311 – 1349||Riger de Aston|
|1400 – 1420||John de Tutbury|
|1420 – 1438||William de Sancto Ivone|
|1438 – c1448||Richard Coventry|
|1476 – 1493||John Smyth|
|1526 – 1536||John Okeley|
|Dissolution of Priory|
|c1558 – c1560||Philip Barber|
|c1560 – c1579||William Smythe|
|c1581 – c1586||Edmund Harrope|
|c1602 – c1609||George Ward|
|c1609 – c1623||Edward Bagshawe|
|c1623||John Gifford, B.A.|
|c1633 – c1637||Kinnersley Ibsonne, M.A.|
|c1637 – c1646||Roger Farmer, M.A.|
|c1667 – c1675||Thomas Orme|
|1679 – c1692||Thomas Orme, M.A.|
|c1692 – c1701||Abraham Swayne|
|c1701 – c1726||John Carey|
|1726 – c1727||John Gamage, B.A.|
|c1727 – 1734||George Malbon, M.A.|
|c1734 – c1735||John Strettell|
|c1735 – c1738||John Woodcock|
|c1738 – c1745||William Woodcock|
|1745 – 1792||Thomas Mould, B.A.|
|1793 – 1860||George Wood Lloyd, D.D.|
|1860 – 1876||George Lloyd|
|1877 – 1881||H. Theodore Cabell|
|1882 – 1884||Gilbert L. James|
|1885 – 1891||James Kilbee Stuart, M.A.|
|1892 – 1919||Frederick Richard Averill Koare, M.A.|
|1919 – 1948||Edward Francis Faulkner Despard, B.A.|
|1949 – 1953||Arthur Thomas John Mackrell, B.Sc.|
|1954 – 1965||Kenneth Roy Upton, M.A.|
|1965 – 1977||Alexander Douglas Gibson|
|1978 – 1982||Colin Martin Sham|
|1982 – 1986||Robert Martin Parsons, M.A. (Priest in Charge)|
|1986 – 1992||David Anthony Heslop, B.Sc., M.Th.|
|1993 – 1998||William Brian Herd|
|1999 – 2004||James Arthur Muston, B.A., M.A.|
|2005 – 2013||David Thomas Perrett|
|2014 – …||Michael Firbank|