Derbyshire Places of Worship

Melbourne United Reformed Church, Melbourne (27k) Above Photograph(s)
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Melbourne United Reformed Church, Melbourne
Melbourne United Reformed Church (link to Church's website)
High Street, DE73 8GJ,
Melbourne, 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 1769, and we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1932, a Congregational Church was first founded in Melbourne in 1769. The present building, Melbourne United Reformed Church, was built in 1871 and is a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details. Inside, to the west side of the pulpit is a cinquefoil shaped alabaster wall plaque to Revd. Henry Bannister, who was responsible for building the church.

The church owes its foundation to "a small Presbyterian cause meeting in cottages in what is now the grounds of Chantry House at the bottom of Penn Lane". This was followed by a move to a larger Independent Chapel (Lady Huntingdon's Chapel), now Huntingdon House. For more information, see A Potted History on the church's website.


Now or formerly United Reformed (URC).

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 SK3856525141. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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.
Last updated on 6 Jun 2011 at 12:24.

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