Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Cressbrook Mill Mission, Cressbrook, Litton
Cressbrook Mill Mission   [no longer registered]
Cressbrook Mill,
Cressbrook, Litton, 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 after 1823, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Much has been said already about the benevolent and humane treatment of apprentices in Cressbrook Mill, operated by William Newton, in comparison with Litton Mill upstream, under the draconian management of Ellis Needham. Thus it seems likely that Newton would have also cared for the spiritual needs of his flock. The so-called "Apprentice Row", of houses built to accomodate the apprentices has a chapel-like structure at its west end, which, it has been suggested, is where the children of Cressbrook Mill received their religious education.

To the east of the Row was the School, which as late as Old Maps of 1972 is labelled as "Cressbrook County School", a long-term presence in Cressbrook, when the former school at the north-west end of the village became the site of St John the Evangelist's Church in 1887.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to find written evidence of a chapel at the Mill, and certainly not in the Religious Census of 1851. There were in fact 5 documented places of worship in Litton (and 1 in Cressbrook) at that time, but none of their descriptions appears to fit the Mill building.

Information in the booklet Behind the View - Life & Times in Cressbrook (2005) indicates Apprentice Row was built some time after 1814, and expanded in 1823, when it "acquired the gothic Western gable end that it now sports".


Now or formerly Mission Hall.

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 SK1728472757. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 10 Feb 2015 at 15:33.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:28:18 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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