Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Dore and Totley United Reformed Church, Dore
Dore and Totley United Reformed Church,
Totley Brook Road, S17 3QS,
Dore, 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 1888, and we understand it is still open.

A Union Chapel, said to be of Congregational and Baptist, is recorded in Kelly's Directory of 1932 for Dore as erected in 1910, providing sittings for 150. Old Maps after that date show a "Union Chapel" at the location of the present day Dore and Totley United Reformed Church.

A previous version of the latter's website says the church was founded in 1888, "when a group of Christian friends living in the area decided to establish a Church open to people from different denominations"... "where people could be sure of a welcome whatever their views might be about particular doctrinal issue". There was no mention of when the present church was erected, but notices in The London Gazette indicate at least two predecessors. The first notice to be published was on 4th November 1902 (p.7040):

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named DOVE [sic] AND TOTLEY UNION CHURCH, situated near Dove and Totley Railway Station, in the civil parish of Totley, in the county of Derby, in the registration district of Ecclesall Bierlow, being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was, on the 27th day of October, 1902, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 30th October 1902.

A further notice, published on 29th March 1910 (p.2229) recorded the registration of DORE AND TOLLEY [sic] UNION CHURCH, situated at Tolley Brook-road, in the civil parish of Dore, in the county of Derby, in Ecclesall Bierlow registration district; and on 14th November 1913 (p.7995), DORE AND TOTLEY UNION CHURCH, situated at Totley Brook-road, Dore was substituted for the Building named Dore and Totley Union Church, situated at Totley Brook-road, Dore, now disused.

This is an interesting progression of buildings, and of spellings! According to the present (2015) version of the church's website, the first building, near Dore & Totley railway station, was a 'tin tabernacle', which was moved by horse and cart to a new location on Totley Brook Road. Perhaps it is not surprising, therefore, that it is not shown on any Old Maps - the only building near the station, shown on Maps of 1898, was a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel.

In 1972, the congregation became part of the United Reformed Church (URC) - which has been described as "the least 'denominational' denomination".


Now or formerly Congregational/Baptist.

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 SK3164980494. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Dore, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 17 Mar 2015 at 15:41.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:30:26 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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