Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Thomas Becket's Church, Chapel en le Frith (1) (53k) St Thomas Becket's Church, Chapel en le Frith (2) (38k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Thomas Becket's Church, Chapel en le Frith
St Thomas Becket's Church,
Burrfields Road / Church Lane, SK23 0EN,
Chapel en le Frith, 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 1225, and we understand it is still open.

The first church on this spot is said to have been built by the Foresters of the Peak - the "Chapel in the Forest".

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] In 1225, the foresters of the Royal Forest were given permission by the Earl of Derby to build a chapel of ease to the Mother Church at Hope. The chapel was dedicated to St Thomas à Becket, and around a century later, it became the parish church.

Or, as recorded in White's Directory of 1857: “A chapel was originally built here by the inhabitants, and consecrated by Bishop Savensby, between the years 1224 and 1238. By a record of the year 1317, it was then deemed a parish church.”[1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SK0576780827. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Janet Kirk/Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 18 Nov 2010 at 19:01.

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This Report was created 20 Jul 2021 - 15:43:03 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 3 Feb 2021 at 08:33.

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