Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Mount St Mary's College (Private), Spinkhill, Eckington
Mount St Mary's College (Private),
off Spinkhill Lane,
Spinkhill, Eckington, 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 1633, and we understand it is still open.

Mount St Mary's College is described in Kelly's Directory of 1932 as a Jesuit college, at the time in charge of the Rev. James Donlevy S.J. It is reached by a driveway off Spinkhill Lane, adjacent to the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. It has a very large athletics ground north of the College, with its own sports track - very noticeable in Google Satellite View.

According to Gladwyn Turbutt's A History of Derbyshire (1996) p.988, it was established in 1633 by Father Richard Blount as the College of the Immaculate Conception - "the centre from which Jesuit missionary priests circulated throughout the Midland Counties". Spinkhill was the seat of the recusant Pole family, who subsequently became extinct.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 4th March 1986 (p.3102) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Building certified for worship named MOUNT ST. MARY'S COLLEGE MEMORIAL CHAPEL, Spinkhill, Eckington in the registration, district of Chesterfield in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire, was on 20th February 1986 registered for solemnising 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 25th February 1986.


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 SK4556778811. 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 Spinkhill, Eckington, 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 26 Dec 2014 at 10:39.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:53:30 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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