Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Baptist Chapel (Demolished), Ashford in the Water
Baptist Chapel (Demolished),
Ashford Lane,
Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.


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 1700, but we understand it was closed about 1846.

White's Directory of 1857 states that the Baptists had a chapel in Ashford Lane with a congregation first established in 1700, 'in which no service is at present performed'. Apparently it had closed long before that - in 1839, according to Stephen Greasley, in his book "The Baptists of Derbyshire 1650-1914". He says the meeting house was built in 1729, beside a Baptist graveyard, which (he suggests) may have originated during the Commonwealth period.

The corresponding return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/9/4) is for a building described as "General Baptist", situated in "Ashford Lane in the parish of Bakewell", which was "approved about the year 1770". It was a separate building, which had seating for 100, but was "not used but standing void & no services". The return was completed by George Birley, who lived in "Ashford near Bakewell", and described himself as "one of the persuasion". In the columns provided on the form for an estimate of the number attending services, he remarked that "the Chapel has been closed about 4 years".

The 'Old Baptistry' and 'Old Baptist Burial Ground' are marked on a plan of Ashford in Ashford in the Water and its Church, a booklet by John Norman, published in 1985 - my copy was purchased when I visited the church. The positions indicated are however a little misleading, as in fact the Burial Ground has survived, and is quite a long way "out of town", on the west side of Ashford Lane, about mid-way between the Red House, and Longroods Farm.


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.


This Chapel was located in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SK1877971014. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 16 Nov 2014 at 11:58.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 04:50:51 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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