Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Sacred Heart & Our Lady of Victories (RC), Clowne
Sacred Heart & Our Lady of Victories (RC),
Creswell Road, S43 4AR,
Clowne, 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 after 1938, and we understand it is still open.

The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Victories Catholic is situated in Creswell Road, in between its junctions with Markland Avenue, and Jubilee Crescent.

In the early 20th century, Roman Catholics in the Clowne area would have celebrated mass in its forerunner, Southgate House Chapel, built in 1901, originally as a private chapel for the Bowden family, owners of Southgate House from the 17th century. This Chapel is known to have gone out of use in 1950, possibly following Southgate House being taken over during WWII as a cavalry barracks, and PoW camp. [Source: Photograph of "Southgate House", on the Picture The Past website]

A tantalising "snapshot" from the archive of The Catholic Herald suggests a new Church was already on the cards before the beginning of the War, as an article published on 30th December 1938 (p.13) stated that "work will begin in the near future on a new church near Creswell Road, Clowne", on a site given by Colonel Butler-Bowden.

Possibly therefore its opening was delayed until after the War, or even later, as it was not registered for marriages until 1970, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 1st December 1970 (p.13140) indicates:

A Building certified for worship named CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART AND OUR LADY OF VICTORIES, Creswell Road, Clowne, in the registration district of Chesterfield in the county of Derby was on 19th November 1970 registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949 as amended by section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act, 1958. Dated 25th November 1970.

On the other hand, its opening may have been concurrent with the closure of Southgate House Chapel, in 1950, but at present, I have no way of confirming that.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SK5032175879. 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 Clowne, 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 10 Dec 2018 at 09:27.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 05:28:09 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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