Derbyshire Places of Worship

Catholic Apostolic Church, Buxton (54k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Catholic Apostolic Church, Buxton
Catholic Apostolic Church,
Darwin Avenue (formerly Darwin Street),
Buxton, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church did 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

This Place of Worship was founded in 1885, but we understand it was closed before 1953.

Bulmer's Directory of 1895 records that members of the Catholic Apostolic Church were worshipping in a corrugated iron building, erected in 1885, at a cost of £100. There is no mention of where it was situated, but a Kelly's Directory of the same year records that the Catholic Apostolic Church met in Darwin Street, with services held at 10.30 and 6.30.

'Darwin Street' may be a typographical error, as in later editions it was recorded in Darwin Avenue. There are currently two places of worship with access from Darwin Avenue today. One is a Kingdom Hall, which has the appearance of being a late 20th century "in-fill", so is unlikely to be the building referred to. The other, which stands on the south-east corner of the junction of Darwin Avenue with Hardwick Square South is a late 19th century "Gothic" building, now a Gospel Hall. It has a foundation stone behind the pulpit indicating it was laid in 1896, so it seems reasonable to assume that it was erected originally for the Catholic Apostolic Church, as a replacement for their iron building - especially since the congregation of the Gospel Hall does not make an appearance until later.

Members of the Apostolic Church were also known as "Irvingites", after their founder, the Rev. Edward Irving, a Scottish clergyman.

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] This church is now dedicated for worship as the Church of God. The building itself was erected in 1896, according to an inscription on a foundation stone behind the pulpit, visible on a photograph on Steve Bulman's Churches of Britain and Ireland website.[1] An additional note says the pulpit is no longer used, so it seems safe to assume it was associated with the building's original dedication.

According to a document on the present Church's website, the Churches of God were re-established between 1892-94, predominantly from companies of believers generally known as “Open Brethren”. None of Kelly's Directories available to me shed any light on whether the Gospel Hall in Buxton was included in this number. Their only mention of a place of worship in Darwin Avenue (or Darwin Street, as it was recorded in 1895) was a Catholic Apostolic Church, which existed from (at least) 1895-1932, according to Kelly's Directories of those years. Thus it seems likely its members were the building's original occupants.

[1] Labelled as “The Gospel Hall (Meeting Place of the Church of God in Buxton, 1896) on Hardwick Square South” on the page for Churches of Britain and Ireland: Buxton, Derbyshire.[1]


Now or formerly Catholic Apostlic.

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 was located at OS grid reference SK0604973291. 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 Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 1 Mar 2015 at 11:41.

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