Derbyshire Places of Worship

Findern Unitarian Chapel (Demolished), Findern (68k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of James Barry, Unitarian Church HQ
Findern Unitarian Chapel (Demolished), Findern
Findern Unitarian Chapel (Demolished) (link to Chapel's website)
Lower Green,
Findern, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel did NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 18th century, but we understand it was closed in 1864.

The photograph is reproduced by kind permission of James Barry, Unitarian Church HQ.

The chapel's appearance immediately dates it from the late 17th or early 18th century, one of the very early non-conformist chapels or meeting houses. The ministers ejected from their churches as a result of Charles II's Act of Uniformity in 1662 continued to preach to their followers from that time, but it was not until the Religious Toleration Act of 1689 that they were allowed to meet in public places, and thus to build places of worship of their own.

"Chapels built within a few decades of the Toleration Act rarely looked like church buildings at all. Often they were not even called churches or chapels, the term "meeting house" being used instead."

"Were it not for the twin doors in the frontage (one for men and one for women) and the absence of chimneys, [the early chapel at Findern] could be mistaken for a house".

By 1864 it was no longer in use as a chapel, so the building was offered for sale. It was bought by subscription, and until its demolition in 1939, it was used as the village school. It stood at the entrance to the present Brook Close, on the opposite side of the road to All Saints Church, and its position (as the school) may be seen on Old Maps. [Source: South Derbyshire Heritage News, Issue 17, Autumn 2004]


Now or formerly Unitarian.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK3092130407. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.
Last updated on 7 Oct 2011 at 13:13.

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