Derbyshire Places of Worship

St Michael & All Angels Church, Sheldon (1) (44k) St Michael & All Angels Church, Sheldon (2) (46k) Above Photograph(s)
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St Michael & All Angels Church, Sheldon
St Michael & All Angels Church,
off Main Street,
Sheldon, 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 before 1672, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/10/15) described Sheldon's Church as "dedicated to St Michael", and "a Chapel of Ease, a Perpetual Curacy in the Parish of Bakewell". It was erected "before 1800", and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 11 in the morning, with 31 Sunday Scholars. It was completed by James Coates, the Incumbent, who gave his address as "near Bakewell, Derbyshire". He remarked that "there is one Service every Sunday & performed alternately Morning and Evening & the average attending the Evening having [being?] about Thirty adults & from 30 to 40 children".

Interested researchers may also wish to know there is a transcription of Memorials in the Churchyard available on the website of the Rev. Clive Thrower, a former vicar of Ashford in the Water, Sheldon, and Longstone with Wardlow. However now (in 2018) only Ashford and Sheldon retain a link, as Longstone and Wardlow now share a vicar with Curbar and Stoney Middleton.

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] According to Kelly's Directory of 1895, St Michael & All Angels Church was was erected in 1865, taking the place of an earlier building on the village street. It has an apsidal chancel, nave, south porch and a bell turret with one bell, and there are 140 sittings. It is not visible from the road, but the turning offroad to reach it can be found a short distance east, and on the opposite (north) side of the road to the Cock & Pullet Inn.

There is a note in a printed transcription of Sheldon parish register (covering the periods 1672-75 and 1745-1810 for baptisms, and 1745-1812 for marriages) to the effect that “The Register Commenced in the year 1745 when the Queen's Bounty & Mrs Archer's Augmentation made Sheldon a private Curacy when John SWIFT B.A. was first Curate there”. However burials didn't take place here until after 1853, when its churchyard was first consecrated for burials. Prior to this burials are known to have taken place at both Chelmorton and Bakewell. There are relatively few memorial stones.

Sheldon was anciently a chapelry of Bakewell, becoming a parish in its own right in 1872.[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 SK1754568826. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


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 Sheldon, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 8 Dec 2018 at 11:21.

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