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Church of Our Lady of Beauchief & St Thomas of Canterbury, Norton Woodseats
Church of Our Lady of Beauchief & St Thomas of Canterbury,
34 Meadowhead, S8 7UD,
Norton Woodseats, 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

This Place of Worship was founded in 1908, and we understand it is still open.

The website of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Beauchief & St Thomas of Canterbury (Sheffield) tells us that Catholics in the Meadowhead area were meeting in The Big Tree public house [Chesterfield Road] before their first (temporary) building was erected in 1910. This Church cost £400, and could seat 250.

As "ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, situated at Meadowhead, Woodseats" its registration for marriages was recorded in the The London Gazette of 12th January 1912 (p.306). Kelly's Directory of that year records that at that time Rev. Henry E. HUNT was its priest, and services were held on Sundays at 9am, 11am and 6.30pm, daily at 8am, and on Wednesdays at 8pm.

The present building, which opened in 1932, was designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott (1882-1963, grandson of George Gilbert). It is a large building in the Italian Romanesque in style, of 5 "cells" arranged in the form of a Greek cross. No time was lost in arranging its registration for marriages, as the following notice published in the Gazette of 12th July 1932 (p.4574) indicates:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named CHURCH OF OUR LADY AND ST. THOMAS, situated at Meadow Head, Woodseats, in the civil parish of Ecclesall, in Ecclesall Bierlow registration district, in the county borough of Sheffield, was, on the 7th July, 1932, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85, being substituted for the Building named Roman Catholic Church, situate at Meadow Head, Woodseats, Ecclesall, now disused. Dated 8th July 1932.

Intriguing also is the mention on the Church's website of the pipe organ, presented in 1947 by Mr George LUNT. Tradition has it that the organ came from St John & St James Church at Derwent, which was closed, and demolished during the construction of the Ladybower Dams. In point of fact many of the Church's treasures were transferred to St Cyprian's in Frecheville; and the pipe organ was replaced in 1989 by a digital one, so perhaps the source of this tradition will never be known.

Denomination

Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SK3458182448. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Resources

I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Norton Woodseats, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 10 Jul 2016 at 13:27.

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This Report was created 25 Nov 2019 - 09:20:21 GMT from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 6 Feb 2019 at 15:49.

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