Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Henry's RC Chapel (Demolished), Derwent
St Henry's RC Chapel (Demolished),
Derwent Lane, S33 0AQ,
Derwent, 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 in 1847, but we understand it was closed in 1947.

"St Henry's Catholic Church" is recorded in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide as opened in 1847, and closed in 1947. No records are listed; and neither was it included in returns to the Religious Census of 1851. Their list also include a Catholic Chapel in Bamford, also opened in 1847, but closed in 1861.

The next recorded mention of a Catholic Chapel in both Derwent and Bamford is in Kelly's Directories from 1891 onwards. Their 1912 entry for "Derwent Woodlands" records that "the Catholic Church, built by the Duke of Norfolk K.G. in 1877 and dedicated to St Henry, is an edifice in the Early English style, and will seat 90".

Old Maps show that it was adjacent to Derwent Hall. They also show the village had a Catholic School, and a Presbytery. Interestingly, the school remained for some years after the village was flooded. Maps of 1964 show "St Henry's Schoolroom" on the north bank of the reservoir, whilst the Presbytery, which stood to the west of it, had become a Shooting Lodge. Later Maps show the latter still a Shooting Lodge, and the former called "St Henry's Hall"; and in fact the buildings are now being preserved, having acquired Listed Building status in 1984, described as St Henrys and Attached Community Centre, Derwent.

Was St Henry a homage to Henry Balguy, the former owner of Derwent Hall, I wonder?


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK1829488605. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 2 Aug 2016 at 15:03.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 20:59:11 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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