Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Oratory Chapel (Demolished), Snitterton, Wensley
Oratory Chapel (Demolished),
Snitterton Manor House,
Snitterton, Wensley, 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 by 1397, but we understand it was closed before 1539.

The earliest known mention of Snitterton is in the Domesday book, when it was recorded as one of the outliers of Mestesforde (Matlock Bridge). By 1397, however it had its own Manor; and ecclesiastical records tell us Roger de Wormhill obtained a licence from the Bishop to celebrate divine service in his oratory that year. Perhaps this was the same Roger de Wormhill mentioned in Gladwyn Turbutt's A History of Derbyshire (1999), p.515, who in 1393 paid 3d. at Baslow manor court for a licence to smelt lead.

The oratory is assumed to have been in the original Manor House in Snitterton, which fell into disrepair after it was replaced in 1590 by Snitterton Hall. It was surrounded by a moat, which can still be seen in outline from above, in a field to the north of the present Manor Farm.

See also The Lost Manor and Chapel of Snitterton, on my other website.


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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SK2800960548. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 12 Aug 2016 at 14:42.

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This Report was created 27 Jan 2022 - 12:27:44 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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