Derbyshire Places of Worship
Copyright of Alf Beard
The Gospel Hall, Buxton
The Gospel Hall (link to Church's website)
Darwin Avenue / Hardwick Square South,
We believe the Church does 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.
This Place of Worship was founded by 1953, and we understand it is still open.
The Gospel Hall is situated on the south-east corner of the junction of Darwin Avenue and Hardwick Square South.
The first documentary evidence of its existence is the following notice in The London Gazette of 3rd March 1953 (p.1252):
A Building certified for worship named GOSPEL HALL, Hardwick Square, South Buxton, in the registration district of Chapel-en-le-Frith, in the county of Derby, was on 23rd February, 1953, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949. Dated 27th February 1953.
According to Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010), its congregation belong to the Church of God. A foundation stone inside the building indicates that it dates from 1896, whilst Old Maps of 1898 and 1922 label it merely as "Ch[urch]"; however entries in Kelly's Directories between 1895 and 1932 record a Catholic Apostolic Church existed in Darwin Avenue, so it seems probable, but by no means certain, that it was built originally for its members, and was later taken over by the Church of God.
The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information
is included in the Acknowledgements, below.
[Image 1] This church is now dedicated for worship as the Church of God. The
building itself was erected in 1896, according to an inscription on a
foundation stone behind the pulpit, visible on a photograph on the
Churches of Britain and Ireland, Buxton webpage. An additional note
says the pulpit is no longer used, so it seems safe to assume it was
associated with the building's original dedication.
According to a document on the present Church's website, the Churches
of God were re-established between 1892-94, predominantly from companies
of believers generally known as “Open Brethren”. None of
Kelly's Directories available to me shed any light on whether the Gospel
Hall in Buxton was included in this number. Their only mention of a place
of worship in Darwin Avenue (or Darwin Street, as it was recorded in 1895)
was a Catholic Apostolic Church, which existed from (at least) 1895-1932,
according to Kelly's Directories of those years. Thus it seems likely
its members were the building's original occupants.
Now or formerly Church of God.
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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK0604073287. 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.
A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:
1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.
Last updated on 1 Mar 2015 at 13:50.
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