St Mary is the largest church in our team. It stands in a churchyard long since closed for burials, which now provides green space in the centre of the town. Its cruciform shape provides a fascinating space for the visitor to explore the many corners in which wonderful discoveries in stone and marble are to be found. The market town of Wirksworth has a good number of shops, schools eating places and pubs for the visitor to discover and is fast becoming a popular tourist destination in the Derbyshire Dales. The annual Wirksworth Arts Festival sprang out of the celebration of the church’s patronal festival . The traditional “clypping” service on that day involves the congregation joining hands around the church to embrace or “clypp” it.