Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Moor End Sunday School, Mellor
Moor End Sunday School   [no longer consecrated]
[79] Moor End Road / Podnor Lane, SK6 5PT,
Mellor, 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 by 1818, but we understand it was closed by 1977, and the premises are now in secular use.

This building may be seen on the earliest of the detailed Maps (1880-1886), where it is labelled as "School (Boys & Girls). Later Maps show it as Sunday School, and by 1972, specifically "Mellor Church Sunday School".

Evidently, however, it became surplus to requirements shortly after, as a Planning Application exists, dated 12 Jan 1977, for change of use of "Moorend Sunday School, Moor End Lane, Mellor" to a dwelling. A recent (2016) description on an Estate Agent's website, where it was for sale, gives the building a suggested date of 1821; and indeed this could be correct, as according to A Digest of Parochial Returns made to the Select Committee appointed to inquire into The Education of the Poor, dated 1818, Mellor did have a school - indeed, several schools - by then. Under the heading "Particulars Relating to Endowments for Education of Youth", it states:

In Mellor chapelry there is one school, generally containing 100 boys and girls; the master's stated salary is £25 per annum, arising from an estate in the parish of Hope, the parents of the children paying half quarterage.

Under the heading of "Other Institutions for the purpose of Education" it states that in Mellor chapelry there are 12 or 15 day and petty schools, kept by women, containing altogether from 300 to 400 children. A Sunday school belonging to the Established Church, consisting of 150 children, and Dissenters Sunday schools, comprising about 700 children.

This may seem a large number of juveniles, but at the time, the total population of Mellor was over 3,500, comprising 1,760 in Mellor itself, and 2,801 in the townships of Ludworth and Chisworth, and the hamlets of Whittle and Thornsett. These statistics were supplied by M. Olerenshaw, minister.

Thus we can date a [Church] Sunday School here by 1818, and Dissenters schools also, but there is no way of telling now where these were.


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 was located at OS grid reference SJ9902888527. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 27 Jul 2016 at 14:23.

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This Report was created 16 Aug 2022 - 13:42:19 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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