Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Bartholomew's Church, Clay Cross
St Bartholomew's Church,
High Street, S45 9DZ,
Clay Cross, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1851, and we understand it is still open.

St Barnabas's Church was designed by Henry Stevens, of Derby. Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes it as "an edifice of stone [which] consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and a western tower with spire, containing 6 bells". Vestries were added, and the chancel altered under the direction of G.E. Street. There are memorial windows to Mr. William Howe, engineer [1880], and Mrs. C. Binns [1878]. The stained east window, erected in 1898, is a memorial to the Rev. Joseph Oldham B.D., vicar here 1851-1888, and Messrs. C. Binns, G.W. Turner and Thomas Holdsworth, and it also commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. There were then 500 sittings. Chesterfield & District Family History Society website says there is a thirteenth century font.

I understand from a document formerly available on the website of St Bartholomew's Church that the church and churchyard were closed to interments in 1878, and burials now take place in Danesmoor Cemetery. The parish records begin in 1851; earlier entries will be found in the parish registers of North Wingfield.

The War Memorial faces the main road, and is set into the churchyard wall. It is a cruciform column, with a sword in relief, erected to the men of Clay Cross who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. On the wall are several brass tablets bearing their names. The memorial was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield R.A.

The ecclesiastical parish of Clay Cross was formed on 2nd February 1852. The Local Government Act was adopted here on 14th May 1875, and the township was governed by the Clay Lane Local Board until an Urban District Council was established by the Act of 1894. In 1932, the town was "well lighted with gas from the Clay Cross Company's works". Since 1925, they had also supplied electricity, which [was] "extensively used". Water was supplied by the Urban Council.


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 is located at OS grid reference SK3913963290. 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 Clay Cross, 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 14 Dec 2018 at 15:44.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:21:52 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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