The present Church
The building of the present church was begun by the Normans in the 12th century and originally comprised a chancel and nave. There are several well-preserved pieces of Norman carved stonework: some created for the church and others apparently salvaged from elsewhere – probably Duffield Castle, never completed, after its owner Robert de Ferrers rebelled against Henry II and was ejected from his lands. The Crown took possession of the de Ferrers properties and so Duffield and the surrounding area passed into the Duchy of Lancaster.
Until the divisions of the 19th century, the parish of Duffield covered a large area – from Turnditch and Windley, through Belper to Heage, with the parish church in a beautiful but flood-prone situation by Duffield Bridge.
Having no resident landowner to embellish the building, it remained quite plain internally, though much extended and altered with side aisles, galleries and chapels to accommodate the growing congregation. There was a late-Victorian reordering which removed the galleries, inserted pews and a chancel screen. The screen was removed to the north transept arch in 2012 by permission of the Court of Arches.