Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Swanwick Baptist Church, Swanwick
Swanwick Baptist Church,
Derby Road, DE55 1BG,
Swanwick, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or 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 1796, and we understand it is still open.

The Swanwick Parish Council website provides a moving account of the early days of Baptist worship in Swanwick. William Fletcher, who had established a Baptist Church in Loscoe in 1793, began to hold meetings in Swanwick in early 1794, and the first regular services were held in the open air. Later meetings were held in a "borrowed tithe [barn?] close to the Cross Keys public house". By 1796, they had collected sufficient money to build a church, on land belonging to Tagg Farm.

As the first Methodist Chapel was not built until 1824, for a time it was the only place of worship in the village. A Sunday School was established in 1810, for both religious and basic education, and likewise it was the only school.

There are graveyards to the front and the side of the chapel, many of the graves dating from the early nineteenth century. This was one of the very few non-conformist burial grounds of the time, so it includes the graves of people from the surrounding areas, as well as from Swanwick itself. The Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group have transcribed the MIs.

Early Old Maps, for instance OS 1880 1:2,500 record it as being Particular Baptist.


Now or formerly Particular 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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK4040153513. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Swanwick, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 13 Feb 2013 at 11:40.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:36:18 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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