Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Cressbrook, Litton
St John the Evangelist's Church,
Bottomhill Road,
Cressbrook, Litton, 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 in 1887, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes Cressbrook as a village in the township of Tideswell, 2 miles south from Litton and 3 south from Tideswell. "Here in a glen on the banks of the Wye are the extensive cotton mills carried on my the Cressbrook Mill Co. Limited; the inhabitants are principally employed in the mills".

Maps of 1879-1880 show two Schools in the village - one at the north-west (upper) end, and the other next to the Mill. By the next available detailed Map, of 1898, the upper School was labelled as St John's Church; but the Mill school remained open, and by Maps of 1972, it had become "Cressbrook County School".

Kelly's Directory nevertheless refers to it as an (unnamed) mission church "in connection with" (served from Tideswell), with a turret containing 2 bells. Divine service was held every Sunday, and there were 150 sittings. By the time Kelly's Directory of 1932 was compiled, the number of sittings had increased to 200, as the church was enlarged in 1903. It was still called a mission church, however, and services were (still) held by the clergy of Tideswell.

This could well remain the case today, as Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers suggests as much, in listing it as a chapel of ease of Tideswell, along with Millers Dale and Litton; and whilst they list "Cressbrook, St John the Evangelist" separately, as a mission church opened 1887, and extended 1903, there is no mention of separate registers.

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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 is located at OS grid reference SK1671373260. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 7 Feb 2015 at 15:14.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 16:51:49 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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