Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Philip & St James's Church, Atlow
St Philip & St James's Church,
Atlow Lane,
Atlow, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1874, and we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1895, St Philip & St James's Church was built on a plot of land lying between the old church of All Saints and the road called Church lane. It was consecrated by Bishop Selwyn in May 1874, and is "a building of stone in the Early English style [which] consists of a chancel, nave, south porch, and western turret, containing the bell from the pre-existing church, bearing a monogram and the date 1595: in the south wall is a piscina; the easternmost window in the north wall of the chancel is continued downwards, and serves as a credence table: there are sittings for 120 persons".

Kelly's entry notes that the earliest register dates from the year 1685, "truly extracted from an old and ruinous paper register by W. Wilson, curate, 1762".

There is no mention in Kelly of chapels of other denominations. For such a small settlement, this is hardly surprising; but there was a small schoolhouse, also in Atlow Lane, south of the church, to which Kelly records "sums of £10 from the Okeover charity left in 1878 and £10 from the Ironmongers' Company" applied.

There is an older graveyard behind the church (marked on Old Maps), which presumably belonged to All Saints Church, of which there appear to be no other signs today. According to Lewis's account of 1831, it was a "mean dilapidated structure, situated in the middle of a field". Beyond that, to the west, is Henmore Brook, which is shown as having a footbridge across.

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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 SK2305348684. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 28 Jan 2013 at 10:51.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:38:01 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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