Derbyshire Places of Worship

Baptist Chapel, Wirksworth (40k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Janet Kirk
Baptist Chapel, Wirksworth
Baptist Chapel,
52 North End,
Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

This Chapel 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 1816, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when.

The date of founding in 1816 is suggested by Wirksworth Baptist Church's entry in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide, though the address it gives is that of the present Baptist Chapel, in Coldwell Street. However that building was not erected until in 1885 so could not have been the original meeting place for Wirksworth's Baptist congregation. According to their account, the register of births was begun in 1824, but retrospective entries were included, and it covers a period 1802-1837. A register of marriages 1900-1946 is also available. There is also a note of the small cemetery attached to the Chapel, in North End.

Note: the Chapel was also associated with a Baptist Meeting at Shottle, as the DRO's list records "Shottle and Wirksworth Baptist Church" births 1824-1837 (presumably the same register as above) as a separate entry.

The following information about the Chapel 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] This shot is taken from Chapel Lane, where on the left can be seen an old chapel and across the road, on North End a square building which was the former police station - “The Old Lock Up”. Out of sight on the photo, but to the right of the former police station is the Old Baptist Chapel (and Cemetery). Both of these properties are now (2010) being advertised to let as holiday rentals.[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Baptist.

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK2881854258. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Janet Kirk/Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 18 Nov 2013 at 14:12.

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