Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Cuthbert's Church, Doveridge (30k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
St Cuthbert's Church, Doveridge
St Cuthbert's Church,
Church Lane, DE6 5NP,
Doveridge, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or 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 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 records that the village "Doveridge (or Dovebridge)", is a township, extensive parish and village, on the river Dove, the old road from Derby to Uttoxeter, and on the borders of Staffordshire, 2 miles west from Uttoxeter station, 16 west from Derby, 12 north-west from Burton, and 10 south west from Ashbourne.

Further, according to Kelly, the Church of St Cuthbert standing on an eminence, is a building of stone in the Early English style consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower, with spire, containing a clock and 5 bells, dating from 1633. The registers date from 1574 for all entries; and in 1895, the living was a vicarage in the gift of the Duke of Devonshire. and had been held since 1870 by the Rev. Charles James Hamilton M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge, who was also a prebendary of Southwell.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/374/3/5/5) records an estimated congregation on 30th March of 135 in the morning and 106 in the afternoon, with 90 and 81 Sunday Scholars respectively. The average congregation over the previous 6 months of 175 in the morning and 150 in the afternoon, with 104 and 93 Sunday Scholars respectively in attendance. There were no evening services. The return was completed on 4th April by Thomas Cavendish, its Minister, with an address of Doveridge, Uttoxeter. He remarked that "The Sunday was wet which will account for the Smallness of the Congregation in comparison with the average attendance. The Duke of Devonshire is patron but I cannot say the exact value [of the Living] in consequence of the reductions I have made & the larger ones I shall make…" [the photocopy is cut off at that point, so we don't know what other economies he intended to make!]

On a more cheerful note, today, St Cuthbert's Church is a Grade I Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. See also the account of its history on Doveridge Village website.

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 SK1138534103. 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...)

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 Doveridge, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.
Information last updated on 25 Oct 2018 at 13:32.

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