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St Cyprian's Church, Frecheville, Beighton
St Cyprian's Church,
Churchdale Road, S12 4XX,
Frecheville, Beighton, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 1934, and we understand it is still open.

Frecheville is a "modern" estate, which according to Kenneth Cameron's The Place-Names of Derbyshire (1959) was named for the Frecheville family, formerly lords of the manor of Staveley. The area it covers was anciently in the parish of Beighton, a parish which also included Birley, and Hackenthorpe. The whole was transferred to the City of Sheffield in 1967, and since 1974 has belonged to Sheffield diocese.

The estate is believed to have been laid out in the 1930s by the firm of Henry Boot Ltd. Provision of a parish church, a library, a fishing pond, and a community centre were part of the deal.

A History on the Church's website tells us that the first St Cyprian's Church was a wooden prefabricated building, erected in 1934, on the site where the garage belonging to the Rectory now stands. It was dedicated on St Lucy's Day that year, whilst the first part of the estate was still being built. The present brick building was consecrated on the Eve of the Pentecost in 1952.

There are close links with the parish of Derwent, and its Church of St James. Members of St Cyprian's congregation attended its final service in 1943, prior to its demolition for the construction of the Ladybower Reservoir. They travelled by train to Bamford, walking the four and a half miles from there to the Church, and when they arrived, the church was full, so they probably had to remain on their feet throughout the service. And if that wasn't enough, some of them also walked back to Bamford after the service was over! Such devotion was however rewarded as compensation paid by the Water Board for the destruction of Derwent Church assisted with the building, after the war, of the present St Cyprian's, and its Rectory.

The Sheffield Archives hold registers of baptisms for the period 1940-1952. Marriage registers from 1944 are understood to remain with the Church. [Other Sources: a Wikipedia article on Birley (Ward), and Church History on the Parish of Frecheville website]


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 SK3991783542. 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 Frecheville, Beighton, 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 28 Dec 2015 at 13:30.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 08:15:34 BST 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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