Derbyshire Places of Worship
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Little Longstone Congregational Church, Little Longstone
Little Longstone Congregational Church,
Little Longstone, Derbyshire.
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.
This Place of Worship was founded in 1844, and we understand it is still open.
Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes Little Longstone as "at the foot of a bold range of hills", 3½ miles north-west from Bakewell and half a mile from Great Longstone. "The river Wye flows on the west through the valley of Monsal Dale, a fine view of which is obtained from Monsal Head, in Ashford township, from which a good road leads through the dale to Cressbrook and Litton". At Monsal Dale is a station on the Ambergate and Manchester section of the London, Midland and Scottish railway.
The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/8/12) describes a separate, but unnamed building in Little Longstone, erected in 1844 for Independent or Congregational worshippers, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 60, and 58 "other" sittings, with standing room in the "Aisle & around the Pulpit". The estimated congregation on March 30th was 31 in the afternoon, but there was "Morning Service every Alternate Sunday; & Afternoon every Sunday". The remarks were initialed "C.H." but the return was completed by Joseph Spencer, its Minister, whose address was "Bakewell, Derbyshire".
The following notice in The London Gazette of 18th October 1887 (p.5606) recorded its registration for marriages:
NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Congregational Chapel, situate at Little Longstone, in the parish of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 8th day of October, 1887, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 11th October 1887.
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] The Chapel was built around 1844 for a congregation founded that year.
Non Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire.
Published by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments
of England 1986. ISBN 0 11 300007 3.
Now or formerly Congregational.
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 is located at OS grid reference SK1875671624. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:
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A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:
1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.
Last updated on 2 Jan 2015 at 14:33.
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