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Measham Baptist Church, Measham
Measham Baptist Church,
Chapel Street, DE12 7JD,
Measham, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

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 1811, and we understand it is still open.

According to an account of Protestant Nonconformity in Woodville, Netherseal and Overseal on the Leicestershire History website, the General Baptist Chapel in Measham was founded in 1811. However, in 1840, the congregation united with that at Netherseal, and the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/414/1/6/16) reflects the larger Chapel which was built in Measham in 1841. It was a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, with free sittings for 200, and 400 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 210 in the morning, and 380 to evening service, with 137 Sunday Scholars at morning class. The return was completed by George Staples, who described himself as "Baptist Minister", with an address of "Measham, Derbyshire".

Obviously, this was a chapel of some substance. It is of red brick, having a pedimented front, with stone surround, and a band of stone separating the upper and lower floors. The sides are of four bays, and the front of 3 bays, with 2 tiers of round-arched windows. The central doorway, according to an account on the British Listed Buildings website, was "formerly window, of 2 leaves with large overlight, upper part curved with segmental arch over". Originally there was a doorway in each side. The interior has a gallery around 3 sides supported on slender iron columns, and there are box pews.

Maps of 1881-1883 show there was a burial ground in front of the Chapel. Trees planted within the ground have been pollarded, giving it a rakish, but attractive appearance.

Denomination

Now or formerly 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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SK3331612231. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • 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 22 Nov 2013 at 14:11.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2017 - 02:54:58 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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