Derbyshire Places of Worship

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United Reformed Church, Carr Vale, Bolsover
United Reformed Church   [no longer registered]
Main Street (formerly Castle Lane) / Bathurst Road,
Carr Vale, Bolsover, Derbyshire.


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 1903, but we understand it was closed by 2009, and the premises are now in secular use.

An account of Nonconformity in Bolsover, on the Victoria County History website (in 2014, then "Work in Progress") indicates that a mission of Bolsover's Congregational Church was first opened in Carr Vale 1902, in temporary accomodation, followed the construction of a more permanent building on Castle Lane (now Main Street) the following year. Old Maps of 1916-1918 show that a "Mission Church (Congregational)" stood on the east side of Main Street, directly opposite an unnamed building on the south-west corner of the junction of Main Street and Bathurst Road.

It is possible I have been misled by the Map, and the description does in fact refer to the unmarked building, as by Maps of 1962 it is labelled as "Church", and the mission is no longer marked.

In any case, it would appear that the premises were (re)built during the period between the maps, as A.N. (Neil) Bridgewater's Local History & Mining website indicates that the "Chapel" started life as the "Portland Centre", opened by the Duke of Portland "about 1938". The VCH account says the mission became an independent church in 1936, so a new building may have been erected to reflect its change in status.

It was change once again in 1972/3, when the congregation joined the United Reformed Church in 1972/3; then in 1980, the wheel was to turn full circle, when "mother" and "daughter" were once again united, with the inclusion in the congregation of the few remaining members of Bolsover's Castle Street Chapel, after it closed.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 17th February 1994 (p.2525) recorded its subsequent registration for marriages:

A Building certified for worship named CARR VALE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, Carr Vale, Bolsover, in the registration district of Chesterfield in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire, was on 7th February 1994, registered for solemnizing marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act 1949 as amended by section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act 1958. Dated 11th February 1994.

A notice of cancellation of the registration of "Carr Vale United Reformed Church, Bolsover" was published in the Gazette of 9th December 2009 (p.?); and in the present day (Google StreetView of September 2011) the premises are apparently in commercial use.


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 was located at OS grid reference SK4661969892. 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 Carr Vale, Bolsover, 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 23 Nov 2014 at 14:30.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 03:23:36 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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