Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St John & St James's Church (Demolished), Derwent
St John & St James's Church (Demolished),
Derwent, 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 before 1688, but we understand it was closed in 1943.

The first church in Derwent was dedicated to St James, and according to White's Directory of 1857, was "a plain stone edifice, with a turret and one bell ... originally built as a private chapel to the Balguy family (and) endowed in 1720, by the Rev. Robert Turie, who gave part of two tenements, called the Abbey, and the Carr House, and a rent charge of £2 per annum for a school".

The church was rebuilt in 1757, and again in 1867, according to Kelly's Directory of 1895, which also recounts that "the ancient stone font, dated 1670 and bearing the arms of Balguy, stood for some time in the gardens of Derwent Hall, but has been replaced in the church".

But these stalwart foundations were to be submerged below the waters of the Ladybower Reservoir in 1943, for the building of the Ladybower Dam. The last marriage service at Derwent was held on 22nd December 1938, when the Revd. SIMPSON married Miss Olive OLLERENSHAW and Mr. Frank BOOTH, and the last church service in the church was held on 17th March 1943 - "attended by the Bishop of Derby and members of the Water Board".

A fuller account of the history of the church, and the careful preservation of its contents prior to its demolition, may be found in the booklet "Silent Valley - A History of the Derbyshire Villages of Ashopton and Derwent, now submerged beneath Lady Bower Dam", by V.J. Hallam (1983).

See also Notes on the Chapelry of Derwent in Hathersage, an account from The Reliquary (1869-70) of Derwent Old Chapel (on Ann Andrews' website), which includes an engraving of the Chapel, with its turret and single bell.


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 SK1836788270. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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.
Last updated on 12 Mar 2011 at 16:15.

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