Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Mary's Convent Nursing Home Chapel, Ednaston, Brailsford
St Mary's Convent Nursing Home Chapel   [no longer consecrated]
Ednaston Lodge, Painters Lane,
Ednaston, Brailsford, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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 after 1948, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Bulmer's Directory of 1895 describes Ednaston as "a village and manor comprising several scattered farms, 1½ miles south of Brailsford". The manor, it says, formerly belonged to the Priory of Tutbury; but after the Dissolution it came to the Shirleys. Ednaston Lodge was "a large and handsome mansion, surrounded by a park of 30 acres", and at the time the property of C.B. Kingdon, and the residence of Mr. Robert Knowles. Kelly's Directories tell us that in 1912 Robert Knowles was still in residence, by which time he had become a J.P.; and in 1932, it was home to another J.P., Francis Evelyn Wright esq.

The Lodge was acquired in 1948 by the Sisters of Mercy, with a view to opening a nursing Home in Derbyshire. The Movement was founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, in 1831. She was born in Dublin in 1778; and in 1821, she inherited a large fortune, which she used to build a House of Mercy in Baggot Street, at the time, a fashionable area of Dublin. The house was ready for occupancy on 24th September 1827, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy; a propitious circumstance which gave the Movement its name. Thereafter she dedicated her life to serving the poor, and oppressed, and between 1831 and her death, she founded ten Convents in Ireland, and two in England. Since then, the Movement has spread around the world, with sites in Kenya, Romania, and South Sudan, as well as the 45 sites in Britain.

See The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy website for more information.

The Chapel attached to the Nursing Home first came to my attention in a list of Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010). It is assumed that although it has been formally registered, it is nevertheless for private worship only.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic (Convent).

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 was located at OS grid reference SK2329842549. 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 Ednaston, Brailsford, 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 2 Aug 2016 at 08:44.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 06:04:36 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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