Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Pilsley Licensed Schoolroom, Pilsley, Edensor
Pilsley Licensed Schoolroom   [no longer consecrated]
Pilsley, Edensor, 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 in 1849, but we understand it was closed before 1932, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/22/38) for "Pilsley Licensed Schoolroom" indicates that the premises were licensed in November 1849, on the basis that "the Village of Pilsley being distant more than a mile from the Parish Church". The estimated congregation on March 30th was 144 in the morning, and 12 attending a Sunday School class, and there were no services in the morning or evening. The return was completed by Henry J. Ellison, the Vicar of Edensor, who gave his address as "Edensor, Bakewell". He remarked that "the Sunday School at Pilsley being composed of children generally under 8 years of age, only 12 of them attend divine services. The other children are included in the general congregation".

He also recorded that the school building was erected by the Duke of Devonshire. According to Kelly's Directory of 1895, this was in 1843, and at the time of compilation of the Directory, 60 children were attending. It also mentions that Divine service was conducted every Sunday in the schoolroom by the vicar of Edensor, as was the case in Kelly's publication of 1912, but not in 1932.

The school building is situated on the north-west corner of the junction of the B6048 and the street leading to Pilsley proper, and was described on Old Maps of 1971 as "Pilsley C of E School". It has a small turret (with open sides) over the main entrance, that gives it a decidedly "ecclesiastical" look.


Now or formerly Church of England.

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 SK2409970927. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 Jan 2015 at 10:44.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:00:41 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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