Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Unitarian (Puritan) Chapel (Demolished), Ashford in the Water
Unitarian (Puritan) Chapel (Demolished),
Buxton Road, DE45 1QP,
Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1700, but we understand it was closed before 1895.

There is a photograph of this "old Puritan chapel" in The Peak District: Pictures from the Past (Lyndsey Porter, 1984, ISBN 086190-125-8). It was founded by William Bagshawe, 'Apostle of the Peak', and had been disused for several years when in 1907 it was converted into a YMCA. Thereafter it was used as a youth club. It is now believed to have been demolished, and a new property erected in its place, by the name of "Cliffe House".

It is mentioned in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as 'now disused'; Kelly also says that in 1761 Thomas Roose left 40s. in his will to the 'Presbyterian chapel of Ashford', and 20s. to the curate of Ashford church.

White's Directory of 1857 says it was still in use then, and indeed it had been 'thoroughly repaired' in 1841.

It is described in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide as 'Presbyterian, later Unitarian', and as 'Registered under Great Hucklow Unitarian Chapel'. The Great Hucklow chapel also shared its minister with congregations at Bradwell and Stoney Middleton. It has no information on when it went out of use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/9/5) for "Unitarian Chapel, Cliff-end, Ashford" describes a separate building, "rebuilt in the year 1841" with seating for 160 (all free), and used exclusively as a place of worship. The usual attendance on the Sabbath was said to be 20 in the evening only. The return was completed by Joseph Smith, who styled himself "one of the Congregation", of Ashford, near Bakewell.


Now or formerly Presbyterian/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.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK1931869755. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 16 Nov 2014 at 14:41.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:03:56 GMT from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:33.

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