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St Paul's Church, Norton Lees
St Paul's Church,
Norton Lees Lane / Angerford Avenue, S8 9BD,
Norton Lees, 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 1877, and we understand it is still open.

St Paul's Church is situated on the south east corner of the junction of Norton Lees Lane with Angerford Avenue. Bulmer's Directory of Derbyshire of 1895 tells us it was erected in 1877 "for the convenience of the increasing population of the Sheffield side of the parish" at a cost of £4,200. It is in the Early English style, and consists of an apsidal chancel, nave, porch and an offset western turret containing one bell. The east window has four panels filled with of stained glass, representing the Nativity, Baptism, Transfiguration, and Ascension of Christ, and was inserted at the expense of Mr G. Hall of Thorpe House in 1893 in memory of his parents. He also bequeathed the west window, which has a central panel of stained glass depicting St Paul. The font was presented by Mr W. Cockayne, of Lees House, who also contributed largely to the church's erection. The living, in 1895, was a vicarage in the gift of the Vicar of Norton, and was held by Rev. Wm. Mercer, M.A., of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, who also officiated at Beauchief Abbey Church on Sunday afternoons.

A new parish, Norton Woodseats, had been created 3 years earlier, on 15th May 1874. Norton Woodseats, according to Bulmer, was "a long straggling village on the Chesterfield Road". St Paul's was its parish church until 1912, when St Chad's was built, by which time it had become known as Norton Lees. It had been transferred to Sheffield for administrative purposes in 1903, but not until 1974 did it become part of Sheffield diocese. The registers of baptism and marriage at St Paul's are held by Sheffield Archives, and date from 1877.


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 SK3517683814. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 30 Jun 2016 at 14:39.

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This Report was created 10 Aug 2022 - 11:53:02 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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