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St John the Evangelist's Church, Cressbrook, Litton (39k) Above Photograph(s)
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St John the Evangelist's Church, Cressbrook, Litton
St John the Evangelist's Church,
Bottomhill Road,
Cressbrook, Litton, 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 1887, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes Cressbrook as a village in the township of Tideswell, 2 miles south from Litton and 3 south from Tideswell. "Here in a glen on the banks of the Wye are the extensive cotton mills carried on my the Cressbrook Mill Co. Limited; the inhabitants are principally employed in the mills".

Maps of 1879-1880 show two Schools in the village - one at the north-west (upper) end, and the other next to the Mill. By the next available detailed Map, of 1898, the upper School was labelled as St John's Church; but the Mill school remained open, and by Maps of 1972, it had become "Cressbrook County School".

Kelly's Directory nevertheless refers to it as an (unnamed) mission church "in connection with" (served from Tideswell), with a turret containing 2 bells. Divine service was held every Sunday, and there were 150 sittings. By the time Kelly's Directory of 1932 was compiled, the number of sittings had increased to 200, as the church was enlarged in 1903. It was still called a mission church, however, and services were (still) held by the clergy of Tideswell.

This could well remain the case today, as Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers suggests as much, in listing it as a chapel of ease of Tideswell, along with Millers Dale and Litton; and whilst they list "Cressbrook, St John the Evangelist" separately, as a mission church opened 1887, and extended 1903, there is no mention of separate registers.

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] In 1895, according to Kelly's Directory of that year, Cressbrook had a “Mission Church with a turret containing 2 bells, in connection with Tideswell church (with) 150 sittings”, and where divine service was held every Sunday. This was enlarged into the present St John the Evangelist's Church in 1902-3, by Mary WORTHINGTON, the owner of Cressbrook Hall. Mary was the eldest daughter of Henry McCONNELL, who had come to Cressbrook in 1835 from Ancoats in Manchester to take over the operation of Cressbrook Mill. Mary inherited the Hall from her father in 1885, following the death of Henry's second wife Isabella; however sadly, she was to die herself in 1904, less than two years after the church she refurbished was completed.

Cressbrook Hall itself is now a Listed Building (Grade II). The British Listed Buildings website describes it a small Country House, dating from 1843, probably by Weightman & Hadfield.

Reference
Behind the View: Life & times in Cressbrook - a Derbyshire mill village.[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SK1671373260. 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 Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 7 Feb 2015 at 15:14.

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