Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Mission Room (Demolished), Duffield
Mission Room (Demolished),
Wirksworth Road,
Duffield, 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 by 1900, but we understand it was closed before 1938.

This building, marked on Old Maps of 1900 and 1914 as a Mission Room, was, I believe, built for a Unitarian congregation in 1788. According to the National Index of Parish Registers, it was closed in 1867; however, thanks to an account of Old Duffield - Village, Church and Castle on the website Duffield History (based on a Lecture given before the Duffield Branch of the Church of England Men's Society in December 1921), I learned that after it closed, the building was put to use in other ways - "a news-room, a coffee room, an infants' schoolroom (for many years), a YMCA institute and gymnasium, a CLB ["Church Lads' Brigade?"] drill hall, and all the time a meeting place for all sorts of gatherings". Obviously one of these uses included a Mission sufficiently important to be recorded on Maps.

The Infants' School is shown on Maps of 1880-1881; in 1938 a Telephone Exchange had been built next to our target, which still shown in outline, but no longer named. In 1970-72, the Telephone Exchange was still there, and the Chapel building had either been enlarged, or a new building had been erected, to be put to use as a "China Works". By 1991, a building with an even larger footprint is shown - perhaps the block of apartments ("Abbeydale Court") which now occupies the site today.

See also the entry for Duffield's Unitarian Chapel, elsewhere in this database.


Now or formerly Mission Hall.

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 SK3441743231. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Duffield, 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 5 Aug 2016 at 11:11.

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This Report was created 11 Sep 2021 - 15:08:38 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 3 Feb 2021 at 08:33.

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