Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Licensed Room, Winster
Licensed Room   [no longer consecrated]
Henry Norman's Residence (1851),
Winster, 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 1851, but we understand it was closed by 1861, and the premises are now in secular use.

The evidence for this place of worship is derived from a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/1/2) for a Church of England congregation meeting in a "Licensed Room" in the Chapelry of Winster, parish of Youlgrave. It was licensed in July 1850 "to allow more than [nineteen persons?] to assemble for Divine Worship". The assembly was "in the private occupation of Mr. Henry A. Norman", and there were "about 110" sittings, all free. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 100 in the evening, and 80 Sunday Scholars attended a morning class. The return was completed by Henry A Norman, who described himself as "Reader", living in "Winster, Matlock".

This meeting was presumably what Winster's curate, William Dyke, was referring to on his return for St John's Parish Church - he remarked (sadly, it seems) that "the greater part of the Inhabitants of Winster are professed Dissenters, and certain influential persons prevent the children from attending the Church - Sunday School & Established Church Service". Henry Norman was presumably such an "influential person", and the numbers attending Sunday School are certainly illustrative of the curate's perceptions - 8 attending the Established Church, in comparison with 80 attending Henry Norman's class.

It has not been possible to determine where he lived. His entry on the 1851 civil census records him at Schedule #5, "Townend", and he had moved elsewhere by 1861. I would imagine "Townend" was at the east end of Winster, at the opposite end to the parish Church, but I do not know for sure, as it is not marked on any Maps I have access to. The location (Grid Reference) provided below is therefore approximate.


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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SK2441360652. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 14 Jan 2015 at 13:21.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:15:30 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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