Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Werburgh's Church, Derby
St Werburgh's Church,
Wardwick / Cheapside,
Derby, Derbyshire.


This Church 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 before 1086, but we understand it was closed in 1986.

"St Werburgh's stands on an old site. It has a fine Gothic tower. The old church frequently suffered from its nearness to the Markeaton brook: in 1601 the tower fell, and in 1698 the church itself fell, but was rebuilt in 1708". [Extract from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, 1868]

The tower, which was rebuilt in 1604, survives, as does the chancel of the 18th century building; however the remainder was demolished and replaced in 1893-94 to a design Sir Arthur Blomfield. At this time, the chancel of the old church became a side chapel, now known as the 'Johnson Chapel', as it is where Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was married to Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter in 1735. Inside also is an iron font cover, designed by Robert Bakewell, dating from a similar period.

The older part is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, whilst Blomfield's 19th century build was converted (in 1995) into a shopping mall called 'The Cloisters'. This was however unsuccessful, and there are plans now to turn it into a restaurant and arts centre.


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 was located at OS grid reference SK3497936334. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 29 Nov 2010 at 13:32.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2023 - 17:04:34 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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