Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Unitarian Sunday School, Belper
Unitarian Sunday School,
Green Lane (formerly Market Street Lane), DE56,
Belper, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church did 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 1721, but we understand it was closed in 1855.

A plaque above the doorway states this building was the Unitarian Sunday School, 1721-1855. However it is understood to have been Belper's first permanent Unitarian Chapel, a single storey building built around 1721, the upper floor being added in 1855 as a Sunday School. It is not clear how this ties in with the new Unitarian Chapel, built by Jedidiah Strutt in 1788 in Field Row.

The Belper Research Website has page "Religious Dissenters and their Chapels", which quotes an article from the The Christian Examiner 1826, page 431:

Belper. The congregation here was originally Trinitarian, but the present chapel was built entirely by a gentleman of Unitarian sentiments. The congregation probably owes its rise to the preaching of Mr Samuel Charles, M.A. who was ejected from the neighbouring parish of Mickleover, and, according to Calamy, preached at Belper.

Note: The Unitarian Sunday School is now a Grade II Listed Building - see British Listed Buildings website for details. Its entry also provides the information that Green Lane was known formerly as Market Street Lane.

Denomination

Now or formerly Unitarian.

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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK3496347532. 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.
Last updated on 21 Mar 2011 at 10:18.

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