Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Smalley Baptist Church, Smalley
Smalley Baptist Church,
Main Road (A608), DE21 4QY,
Smalley, 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 1785, and we understand it is still open.

Smalley Baptist Church is a rectangular building of brick, with a hipped roof, looking quite new, but Kelly's Directory of 1932 says it was founded in 1785 and then had 300 sittings. The account in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) says it was built in 1790, and linked with Ilkeston until 1822. Refurbishments include enlarging to the front, and heightening in 1817. The side and rear walls of the original building remain (33¼ft by 24¼ft externally) with one wide segmental-arched window at each side, and two altered windows at the rear. The front has a central doorway, above which is a cross, and two tiers of windows, and there is a small extension to the left side.

There is a large burial ground, with (amongst others) monuments to Elizabeth, wife of Christopher Harrison (1796); William Carrington (1833) et al.; Elizabeth Woolley (1807); Ann wife of William Kerry (1838); Joseph Harrison (1825); Anthony Weston (1836); Thomas and John Shaw (1828); Elizabeth Beeson (1844); John Smith (1820), his wife Mary (1813) and his widow Sarah (1845); and Joseph Fletcher (1826)


Now or formerly General 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 SK4070844553. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 16 Sep 2013 at 16:01.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 16:34:28 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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