Derbyshire Places of Worship

Ashbourne Baptist Church, Ashbourne (31k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Ashbourne Baptist Church, Ashbourne
Ashbourne Baptist Church (link to Church's website)
The Empire Ballroom, King Edward Street, DE6 1BW,
Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

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.

Church History

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

The Ashbourne Baptist Church - as their address suggests - meet in the Empire Ballroom in King Edward Street. The Ballroom is on the south-west junction of the entrance to Sainsbury's Car Park. It was first opened on Whit Monday 1912 as a "Picture Palace", but was closed as such in 1959. Since then, it has been used as a Ballroom-cum-Function Hall, and more recently as the meeting place of Ashbourne's Baptist Church. See The Empire Picture Hall (Whit Monday 1912) for a photograph when it first opened. [Source: Alf Beard]

This is not Ashbourne's first Baptist meeting place. They built a Chapel in the early 1800s, but this was closed in 1840, after which it became a Literary Institute for a time. However in 1846, it was taken over by the Vicar of Ashbourne, Rev. Errington, and fitted out as St Mary's Chapel, where the Poor could attend Church of England services free of charge. This was at a time when they would have been unable to afford the expensive pew rentals in St Oswald's Church, as only a small proportion of the seating was free. So far as I know, however, there is no connection between this first Baptist Chapel, and today's Church. [Source: Archaeological Assessment Report for Ashbourne, available on the Archaeology Data Service website]

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] The Empire Picture Hall in Ashbourne was opened on Whit Monday 1912, but ceased being a Picture Hall in 1959. It is now a Ballroom-cum-Function Hall.[1]

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 SK1791046439. 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.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Alf Beard.

Last updated on 15 Nov 2014 at 11:21.

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