Derbyshire Places of Worship

We have 1 Image Ashbourne Baptist Church, Ashbourne Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Ashbourne Baptist Church, Ashbourne
Ashbourne Baptist Church,
The Empire Ballroom, King Edward Street, DE6 1BW,
Ashbourne, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

The Ashbourne Baptist Church - as their address suggests - meet in the Empire Ballroom in King Edward Street. The Ballroom is on the south-west junction of the entrance to Sainsbury's Car Park. It was first opened on Whit Monday 1912 as a "Picture Palace", but was closed as such in 1959. Since then, it has been used as a Ballroom-cum-Function Hall, and more recently as the meeting place of Ashbourne's Baptist Church. See The Empire Picture Hall (Whit Monday 1912) for a photograph when it first opened. [Source: Alf Beard]

This is not Ashbourne's first Baptist meeting place. They built a Chapel in the early 1800s, but this was closed in 1840, after which it became a Literary Institute for a time. However in 1846, it was taken over by the Vicar of Ashbourne, Rev. Errington, and fitted out as St Mary's Chapel, where the Poor could attend Church of England services free of charge. This was in response to expensive pew rentals in St Oswald's Church, which only a few patrons could afford, and a corresponding lack of free sittings, for those who were unable to pay, a situation which was eventually rectified, but which went down in history as the "Great Pew Battle".

The above account was prepared with the assistance of an Archaeological Assessment Report for Ashbourne, available on the Archaeology Data Service website, and the Our Ashbourne website.

It hasn't been possible for me to trace any connection between this first Baptist Chapel, and today's Church. Neither have I been able to discover when it opened, and there appears to be no information on the Ashbourne Baptist Church website to assist, but it is, nevertheless, a very nice site.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SK1791046439. 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 17 Dec 2018 at 13:33.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:18:40 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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