Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Baptist Burial Ground, Ashford in the Water
Baptist Burial Ground,
Ashford Lane,
Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.

Church History

This Cemetery or Burial Ground was founded in the 1650s, but we understand it was closed in 1904.

According to Stephen Greasley, in his book "The Baptists of Derbyshire 1650-1914", the Baptists had a meeting house in Ashford, built in 1729, beside a Baptist graveyard, which (he suggests) may have originated during the Commonwealth period.

A return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/9/4) describes the Chapel as "General Baptist", situated in "Ashford Lane in the parish of Bakewell", and "approved about the year 1770". The return was completed by George Birley, who stated that "the Chapel has been closed about 4 years".

The Chapel has long been demolished, but the Burial Ground has survived. It is quite a long way "out of town", on the west side of Ashford Lane, about mid-way between the Red House, and Longroods Farm. Apparently it was in use as late as 1904; but according to an article on the Peakland Heritage website, its walls are tumbling down, and the gravestones have collapsed. The article goes on to say:

"Some of the epitaphs were recorded by the late Clarence Daniel, who noted that none had a biblical text, or references to God or Jesus Christ. For this reason the graveyard came to be known as the Infidels' Cemetery... The names of the dead include Kitson, White, Skidmore, Shaw, Brushfield, Bramwell and Birley."

There is a selection of photographs of the burial ground (taken in January 2014) in Malcolm Adlington's Flikr photostream.

Denomination

Now or formerly a Cemetery (Baptist).

In most cases this will be a record of its original consecration.

Maps

This Cemetery was located at OS grid reference SK1876971029. 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 15 Nov 2014 at 15:52.

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This Report was created 28 Sep 2017 - 20:12:11 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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