Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (20thC), Ashbourne
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (20thC),
50 St John Street, DE6 1GH,
Ashbourne, 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 by 1994, but we understand it was closed in 2007.

Ashbourne's first Kingdom Hall is an intriguing building. Pevsner refers to it as "No. 50, the former Magistrates' Court, looking like a Nonconformist chapel". It is described on the British Listed Buildings website as having an early 19th century facade, of red brick, with "2 storeys, 3 windows, round-headed with glazing bars intact", and a 19th century shop front. To be strictly accurate, there are 4 windows, as there is one on the ground floor too, and (in the present day) a second entrance, leading to two separate addresses, #50a and #50b St John Street. It is not known which part of the building the Jehovah's Witness congregation would have used.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 9th December 1994 (p.17322) recorded its registration for marriages:

A building certified for worship named KINGDOM HALL OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, 50 St. John Street, Ashbourne, in the registration district of Ashbourne in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire was on 2nd December 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 2nd December 1994.

The registration was cancelled on 20th August 2007, when a new KINGDOM HALL was registered in lieu of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses of 50 St John Street now disused. The address given in the notice was merely "Ashbourne", but this is believed to be the present (2014) building at the junction of School Lane with Leisure way.


Now or formerly Jehovah's Witness.

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 SK1813046757. 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 Ashbourne, 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 12 Nov 2014 at 16:10.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:34:17 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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