Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Alkmund's Church (Demolished), Derby (1) (161k) St Alkmund's Church (Demolished), Derby (2) (107k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Alkmund's Church (Demolished), Derby
St Alkmund's Church (Demolished),
Queen Street / Bridge Gate,
Derby, Derbyshire.


This Church had 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 the 9th century, but we understand it was closed in 1968.

St Alkmund's was one of the 6 churches in Derby mentioned in Domesday (others being All Saints, St Mary, St Michael, St Peter, and St Werburgh), and according to White's Directory of 1857, is "supposed to have been founded in the 8th or early in the 9th century".

The most recent building on this spot was however built in 1846, designed by architect Henry Isaac Stevens - "at a cost of above £10,000 ... a handsome and commodious edifice, with a tower and spire at the western end 207 feet in height (with) accomodation for 1,250 persons". This was sited in a square bordered on the west by Queen Street, and on the north by Bridge Gate, with the street on the east and south sides called St Alkmund's Churchyard.

By the 1950s, this in turn began to show signs of decay; but a proposed refurbishment was never completed. Derby City Council's plans to improve the city's traffic flow in the next decade resulted in the site being the subject of a compulsory purchase order, and demolition of the church began in 1968.

A tomb, believed to be that of St Alkmund, with other traces of earlier churches were discovered during the works, and today, these are on display in Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

The old church 'in situ' can be seen on the photograph of St Mary's Bridge, in the 'Then and Now' section of Andy Savage's Derby Photos website; however today all that remains at the spot is a plaque marking the place where it stood. [Sources: The National Gazetteer, 1868, St Alkmund's Church, Derby - Wikipedia Article, and various Old Maps]


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.


This Church was located at OS grid reference SK3515936716. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

(NB I know the first two don't work as intended - the Jury's still out as to what to do about it...)


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 Derby, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.
Information last updated on 6 Oct 2018 at 15:49.

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