Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Christ Church, Ironville
Christ Church,
Casson Street / Bullock Lane, NG16 5NN,
Ironville, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does NOT have 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 1852, and we understand it is still open.

Ironville is a "model village" - it was built for the Butterley Iron Company between 1834 and 1850. "There was well-spaced factory housing, long rows of plain brick cottages, but the last unaltered housing in the axial King William Street, built in 1834, was demolished in 1977" [Source: The Buildings of Derbyshire, Pevsner/Williamson (1978)]

It was constituted an ecclesiastical parish in 1850, encompassing parts of the civil parishes of Alfreton, Pentrich, Heanor and Codnor, in Derbyshire, and Selston, in Nottinghamshire. It also incorporates Codnor Park, a separate township, which was formerly extra-parochial. The parish register dates from 1850, the same year the parish was formed. [Source: Kelly's Directory (1895)]

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] Christ Church was built by the owners of The Butterley Iron Company in 1851-2, to a design provided by Henry Stevens of Derby. The church was not the first building on the spot, as it replaced a school, roughly half the size of the present building, and this was extended to become the church. A new school was then built across the road to replace it.

Pevsner describes the church as “quite ambitious”. Kelly's Directory of 1932 provides the information that it consists of chancel, seven-bay nave, transepts, south porch, and three-level western tower, with an attached staircase turret. The interior has a rich collection of memorial windows. In the chancel are 3 memorial windows to William Jessop, the founder of the Butterley Company; and in the baptistry, a memorial window and tablet to Francis Wright esq. erected by parishioners in 1873. The south aisle has a stained window placed in 1871 by the Rev. W.E. Littlewood M.A., then vicar, and in the south transept is a memorial window to Elizabeth Sedgwick, erected 1893. There are other memorials to the Rev. John Casson, first vicar of the parish, and to Mrs. Neller, erected in 1902.

Christ Church has no graveyard immediately surrounding the church, but there was a burial ground to the rear, on the other side of the former Canal. This was accessed by means of a wooden footbridge before the Canal was filled in. It belonged to the Church originally, but was adopted by the Local Authority, when they opened a new Cemetery on the opposite side of Bullock Lane.[1]

[Image 2] The Nave, and looking towards what is often called the East Window, but this is not strictly true, as the building's original alignment, as a school, was slightly north of east. Note the lovely kneelers made by the church ladies.[2]

[Image 3] The font was moved from its previous position into the 'north' alcove of the transept, where baptisms are now conducted.[2]

[Image 4] Looking towards the tower end with the 'west' gallery above, which once housed the organ and the choir, giving a splendid view.[2]

[Image 5] A view from the west gallery, looking down on the nave.[2]

[Image 6] This view is from the path at the side of the tower end of church looking over the former Canal to the Old Churchyard and Cemetery. It may have been where the wooden bridge across the Canal, from the Church to Churchyard, used to be.[2]


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 SK4359851930. 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/Rosemary Lockie.

2. Information provided by Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 4 Feb 2013 at 15:37.

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