Derbyshire Places of Worship

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The Catholic Church of St Joseph, Ripley
The Catholic Church of St Joseph,
Butterley Hill, DE5 3LW,
Ripley, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does 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 1930, and we understand it is still open.

St Joseph's is an attractive building of red brick with a tower on the north-west corner, and a decorative porch beneath it, with a statue of the Virgin Mary. There is a lawn in front, with shrubs and herbaceous plants around the sides.

A history on St Joseph's Ripley website records that the foundation stone was laid on 28 May 1930 by Bishop Dun, and that the building was completed by the end of the year. Before that, a small chapel at the Grange, Butterley had been made available by the Wright family, for Sunday Mass, served from Alfreton. After Mrs Wright's death, a Mass Centre was established in the clubroom of the "Rose & Crown" in Nottingham Road, Ripley, served from Belper. The connection with Belper continued after St Joseph's was opened, until Ripley finally became a separate parish in 1953.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 18th August 1936 (p.5426) indicates its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named CHURCH OF ST. JOSEPH, situated at Butterley Hill, in the civil parish of Ripley, in Belper registration district, in the county of Derby, was on the 14th August, 1936, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 15th August, 1936.

Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) also includes an entry for St Joseph's Parish Hall, Butterley Hill. This is a new building, possibly the one built at the side of the Church.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SK4006051081. 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 Ripley, 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 15 Dec 2018 at 15:21.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 05:39:35 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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