Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Swanwick Baptist Church, Swanwick
Swanwick Baptist Church,
Derby Road, DE55 1BG,
Swanwick, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1796, and we understand it is still open.

The Swanwick Parish Council website provides a moving account of the early days of Baptist worship in Swanwick. William Fletcher, who had established a Baptist Church in Loscoe in 1793, began to hold meetings in Swanwick in early 1794, and the first regular services were held in the open air. Later meetings were held in a "borrowed tithe [barn?] close to the Cross Keys public house". By 1796, they had collected sufficient money to build a church, on land belonging to Tagg Farm.

As the first Methodist Chapel was not built until 1824, for a time it was the only place of worship in the village. A Sunday School was established in 1810, for both religious and basic education, and likewise it was the only school.

There are graveyards to the front and the side of the chapel, many of the graves dating from the early nineteenth century. This was one of the very few non-conformist burial grounds of the time, so it includes the graves of people from the surrounding areas, as well as from Swanwick itself. The Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group have transcribed the MIs.

Early Old Maps, for instance OS 1880 1:2,500 record it as being Particular Baptist.


Now or formerly Particular Baptist.

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 SK4040153513. 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 13 Feb 2013 at 11:40.

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This Report was created 12 Jul 2018 - 04:01:29 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jun 2017 at 08:14.

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