In the village of Over Haddon, near Bakewell, there is the little church of St. Anne, built in 1880. The architect, H Cockbane of Middleton, built in the decorated gothic style. It was a daughter church of All Saints' Parish Church, Bakewell. It is mentioned only in the addendum of Pevsner's "The Buildings of England". Earl Cowper, the Lord of the Manor, gave the land and £100 towards the cost. The Venerable Archdeacon Edward Balston, the vicar, funded the baptistry and chancel. The church was dedicated in 1880 by the Bishop of Lichfield. In 2001 an extension was built to provide wheelchair access and an improved vestry.
The sundial is a memorial to Janet Wadsworth, who was Education Officer for Granada Television. She was the daughter of A. P. Wadsworth, editor of the Manchester Guardian, who bought a cottage in Over Haddon. The monument was made of Welsh slate by David Kindersley. It bears the inscription above of "Janet, 1931 to 1974" and below "Teach me Thy love to know: That this new light, which now I see, May both the work and workman show, Then by a sunne-beam I will climb to Thee."
On the east side of the churchyard is the grave of Sir Maurice Oldfield, head of Secret Intelligence during the Cold War - the original M. He died 11 March 1981 and his sister Irene Annie, who died in January 1999 is also buried there. At the bottom of the churchyard is a monument to Charles John Abraham, the first bishop of Wellington, New Zealand from 1858-1870. He died at Bakewell in 1903 and is buried at Over Haddon.
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Grave of Sir Maurice Oldfield, GCMG, CBE
St. Anne's Church, Over Haddon, A Short History and Guide, price 20 pence, a pamphlet available in the church.