Derbyshire Places of Worship

Church of the Good Shepherd (formerly St Savour's), Wardlow (1) (42k) Church of the Good Shepherd (formerly St Savour's), Wardlow (2) (43k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie/Alf Beard
Church of the Good Shepherd (formerly St Savour's), Wardlow
Church of the Good Shepherd (formerly St Savour's),
Wardlow, 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 1871, and we understand it is still open.

Bagshaw's Directory of 1846 records Wardlow as a township and village, [partly] in the chapelry of Great Longstone, and partly in the parish of Hope, 4¼ miles north-north-west from Bakewell, and 2¼ miles south-east from Tideswell - "it is a bleak and naked district, having no hedge rows and very few trees, principally occupied as dairy farms". A Sunday School was erected here in 1835, in which divine service is [was] occasionally performed by the perpetual curate of Longstone. On making a turnpike road through the village in 1759, "a circular heap of stones was opened, in which were found the remains of 17 human bodies entombed within stone coffins, apparently got from a quarry about 1 mile distant; but of the deposit nothing is known".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/2/18) records "Wardlow School Room" in the Chapelry of "grt. Longstone", as licensed in 1840-3 by private subscription. There was seating for 64, all free, but no services were held on March 30th, nor (apparently) during the previous 12 months. The return was completed by Jas. S. Hodson M.A. "P. Curate of Longstone", who gave his address as "Longstone Parsonage, Bakewell". He added that there was "No Service - [followed by 2 words I cannot read] - Used as Sunday School for 50".

The Church which was built subsequently, on the side of the village schoolroom, was, on Maps of 1879-1880 labelled as "St Savour's". It was not until Maps of 1972 that the present name of the "Good Shepherd" is shown.

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 the parish.

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] Wardlow is a surprising place. In early days, when there was no church here, the village suffered the affliction of being part of two parishes. The main street marked the boundary between Longstone parish and Hope, and one side of the village was therefore in Hope parish, and the other in Longstone (or more usually in the records, Bakewell). The church deemed it as a ‘lost place’; and it was said that ‘Wardlow women scarcely could trudge the long Derbyshire miles to either church and the men seldom did!’

This apparently was a source of confusion at the 1871 census, even for the Census ennumerator John OUTRAM, who, whilst not a native of the village, had lived in the village for some considerable time. He recorded the whole of the village together on the census returns, but then had to cross it all out and start again, recording the same households again, in two separate lists, one for ‘Wardlow in the Parish of Hope’, and the other for ‘Wardlow in the Parish of Bakewell’. (See Wardlow 1871 Census)

Then in 1871 the Reverend Samuel ANDREW, vicar of Tideswell, taking an interest in the spiritual welfare of Wardlow's 180 inhabitants, decided there should be a church. Its founding is described on a separate page, along with a view of the Church of The Good Shepherd from the south west (facing the road).[1]

[Image 2] This traditional-looking 19th century church was conceived in 1871 as a result of the efforts of the Reverend Samuel ANDREW, vicar of Tideswell.

A Sunday School had been built in 1835 (by 1871 the National School), and the church was built onto the side of it, opening in a partially completed state on Friday 20th September 1872 during the village Wakes Week celebrations. The proceeds from fund raising events provided sufficient money for the church's roof to be completed before the coming winter!. The school building meanwhile provided a side chapel until the church was consecrated in June 1873.

The architect was H. COCKBAIN of Middleton, near Manchester, and there are 100 sittings in a single aisle. The north wall is shared with the school, and there is a small central arch which still opens through into the side chapel but other archways between the two parts of the building have been filled in. There is a stone pulpit on the south wall, reached by a stone turret staircase, lit by a diamond-shaped and 'bulls eye' window. The pulpit is carved with foliage and the words ‘My Sheep hear My Voice’. Other quotations within the church continue the ‘Good Shepherd’ theme - ‘The Good Shepherd giveth his life for the Sheep’ and ‘He Shall feed His flock like a Shepherd’ on the gritstone reredos. Painted around the rim of the font is ‘One Lord, One Baptism, One Hope’, and ‘He shall go in and out and find pasture’ is on a pierced oak screen across the west end of the nave.

A pair of oak collection plates commemorate Thomas FURNISS who died in 1984, There is also a large glass dome containing an arrangement of white artificial flowers ‘In affectionate remembrance of our little friend Hilda ALLSOPP. From parents, teachers and scholars’. The dome stood on the child's grave in summertime, and was brought inside every winter to protect against frost damage, but is now inside permanently for safe keeping. An enamelled brass ornamented with the symbols of the evangelists commemorates the Reverend Samuel ANDREW, one of few wall monuments. The only coloured glass is a panel above the reredos representing ‘Suffer Little Children to come unto Me’.

There is a white marble monument for the three young men of Wardlow who fell in the two World Wars, their names each marked with a cross on the two Rolls of Honour, and a memorial stone in the churchyard for William Leslie BLEARS, who was lost at sea on H.M.S. Barham in 1941.[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 SK1814274733. 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 Wardlow, 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 11:03.

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