The church of St Mary the Virgin in Wirksworth dates from the 13th Century; the first vicar being appointed in 1272 by the Dean of Lincoln. It is an impressive building, topped by a tower with a short spire.
Inside the church are various memorials to significant people, including this tomb chest containing the remains of Anthony Gell of Hopton Hall, who founded a grammar school (1584) and almshouses in Wirksworth. The local secondary school still bears his name.
There is also a dedication to Francis Hurt of Alderwasley, who died January 3rd 1801 (aged 47) and his wife Margaret, d May 7th, 1831 (aged 75). The Hurt family were influential landowners who owned Alderwasley Hall about 3 miles East of Wirksworth. A well known descendent of this family is the actor John Hurt (1940) who has had a distinguished career, including the role of Ollivander in Harry Potter.