Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Union Workhouse Chapel (Newholme Hospital), Bakewell
Union Workhouse Chapel (Newholme Hospital),
Baslow Road,
Bakewell, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1841, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/1/2) for the "Parochial Union Chapel" records a building with 120 sittings (all free!) and an estimated congregation on March 30th as 72 at morning service, the same as the average for the previous months - possibly attendance at service was mandatory! The return was completed by Thomas Hirst, Chaplain, who gave his address as "Chantry House, Bakewell". There is no record of when it was endowed.

Bakewell - the Ancient Capital of the Peak (Halsgrove, 2005) describes the formation of a Board of Guardians for the Workhouse, with the Hon. G.H. Cavendish as chairman, set up after the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, superseding the duties previously undertaken by the overseers of the poor. The institution was run by master and matron Mr and Mrs Gratton from Chesterfield, assisted by a medical officer (a local doctor), a chaplain (the vicar of Bakewell), and a schoolmaster and schoolmistress.

The building was closed as a Workhouse in 1930, and at the time of publication of Kelly's Directory of 1932 was known as "Bakewell Institution", for 300 inmates. The staff listed were G. Carter, master, Charles Walter Evans jun., medical officer; Arthur E.J.B. Barrow M.A., chaplain; and Mrs. Carter, matron. Rev. Barrow was also incumbent of the parish church.

Finally, in 1948, it became as it is today, Newholme Hospital; for which I assume in common with most hospitals, a chapel is still extant.

See Peter Higginbotham's The Workhouse website for more information.


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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference SK2197569129. 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 Bakewell, 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 16 Feb 2015 at 12:05.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:44:59 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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