Derbyshire Places of Worship

St James's Church, Riddings (1) (36k) St James's Church, Riddings (2) (55k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Janet Kirk
St James's Church, Riddings
St James's Church,
Church Street,
Riddings, 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.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1834, and we understand it is still open.

The village of Riddings was developed by the iron master of the Alfreton Iron Works, James Oakes, esq. for his workers. The Works were established in 1801, and consisted of extensive coal and iron mines, and furnaces for smelting iron ore, providing employment for a large workforce.

He also built Riddings House, which in Kelly's Directory of 1895, was said to be the seat of Thomas Haden Oakes, esq. J.P., who was also then chief landowner. The Iron Works were between Riddings House (now an Old People's Home) and Pye Bridge; the Riddings Collieries were to the south, but said by Kelly to be "principally worked out".

Riddings is 3 miles S.S.W of Alfreton, and its local railway station was at Pye Bridge. The ecclesiastical parish of Riddings was formed on 16 Jun 1851, and included Riddings, Greenhill Lane, Lower Somercotes and Pye Bridge.

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] St James Church, Riddings was built in 1834. In its early years, the church served the population of the surrounding villages of Somercotes, Leabrooks and part of Swanwick as well as its own parishioners.[1]

[Image 2] Unusually, the entrance to the church does not face towards Church Road, but is at the rear of the church (on the left of the photo), overlooking Riddings Park. The Park was once the estate of Riddings House, so possibly this is an indication of its original status, for its grand entrance to be viewed from across the Park.[1]


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 is located at OS grid reference SK4289952773. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 14 Feb 2013 at 09:12.

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