Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Sawley Baptist Church, Sawley
Sawley Baptist Church,
Wilne Road, NG10 3AN,
Sawley, 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 1783, and we understand it is still open.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) records that the first Baptist meeting-house in Sawley was an existing building, given by Joseph Parkinson, and fitted out by John Stenson. It was opened in 1783 as a preaching station of the church at Kegworth in Leicestershire, but from 1785 it was attached to the Castle Donington church. The present chapel was dates from 1800-1 and is built of brick, with a slate roof. The north front, facing towards the road, has three bays with two tiers of windows, "the upper ones round-arched, and a central doorway with half-round Tuscan columns and open pediment". A large tablet in the gable is inscribed with the dates of erection, and enlargement (1843). The side walls were originally of two bays with two tiers of windows, and the rear wall has two round-arched windows flanking the pulpit.

The interior has a north gallery of 1843 with panelled and ballustraded front and slight central projection with a clock. Some mid-19th century box pews remain. At the time of publication of the NCC booklets, there were monuments both inside the chapel, and in the burial ground outside. It is not known how many of the latter remain.

A Sunday School building was built to the east (left) of the Church which looks newer than the main body of the Church - this is presumably now a Church Hall. The Sawley Community Church (Elim Pentecostal) also meet here.


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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK4712631552. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 23 Sep 2013 at 15:19.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:19:22 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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