Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Heanor Baptist Church, Heanor
Heanor Baptist Church,
117 Derby Road, DE75 7QL,
Heanor, 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 1847, and we understand it is still open.

There is a comprehensive history of Heanor Baptist Church on the Heanor & District Local History Society website, tracing its origins to meetings led by Brother Purcell from the Smalley Baptist Church at Tag Hill, which began in 1822. Then in 1827, Robert Wilkinson was appointed Deacon at Smalley specifically "to assist the friends on the Heanor side". It wasn't however until 1847 that a plot of land at Barn Close, adjacent to the Derby to Mansfield turnpike was purchased from John Frost, and a small church erected on the site. The original chapel had a small burial ground surrounding it, but later changes have removed all signs of this.

During its early years, the "Tag Hill" chapel remained a preaching station of Smalley, but in 1861, the congregation obtained permission to "go it alone". "It was during the 1860s that the name Tag Hill Baptist Church appears to have evolved into Heanor Baptist Church".

Note: the original name for Derby Road was "West Hill" - those tracing ancestors who married here may find certificates endorsed to the effect that the marriage took place at "West Hill, Heanor". This is still true today - "one small throw-back to times past, which is quite unique".

For the record, notification of its registration for marriages appeared in The London Gazette of 1st July 1881 (p.3311):

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the General Baptist Chapel, situate at West Hill, in the parish of Heanor, in the county of Derby, in the district of Basford, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 18th day of May, 1881, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 19th May 1881.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/438/2/1/7) for the "General Baptist" Chapel in Heanor was completed by Thomas Cresswell, a Local Preacher, of "Shipley, Derbyshire", for a place of worship with 200 free sittings and 35 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 51 in the afternoon, and 67 in the evening; and in the afternoon, 53 Sunday Scholars.


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 SK4282146251. 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 Heanor, 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 28 Oct 2013 at 11:58.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:48:05 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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