Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Friends Meeting House, Bakewell
Friends Meeting House,
Chapel Row, Matlock Street, DE45 1EL,
Bakewell, 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 1852, and we understand it is still open.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide includes a register of burials for the Society of Friends (Quakers) Meeting House in Bakewell for the period 1868-1895.

The book Bakewell - the Ancient Capital of the Peak (Halsgrove, 2005, p.65) records that it was built on land given by the Bowman family, who had been instrumental in founding the Friends' meeting house in Monyash. Members of the Bakewell establishment included William Gauntley, who had acted as land surveyor for the 1810 Enclosure Act; James Gratton, a printer and bookseller; and most prominently, John Allcard, a wealthy new arrival in town, who had accumulated a fortune as a banker and stockbroker in Manchester. In 1847, he built Burton Closes, described in White's Directory of 1857 as "a large handsome stone mansion, half a mile south-east from Bakewell, pleasantly situated in part-like grounds on a lofty eminence overlooking the river Wye", and also contributed generously to the meeting house. He died in 1856, and was succeeded by his son, William.

The same White's Directory describes the meeting house as a "a neat brick building in Matlock street, erected in 1853, by the Society of Friends of the Chesterfield Monthly meetings... at a cost of £600, inclusive of the burial ground attached", and with seating for about 400 persons. So the Bakewell meeting house would appear to have had support also from both Monyash, and Chesterfield meetings.

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Now or formerly Quaker.

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 SK2177368256. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 12 Feb 2015 at 15:02.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:22:22 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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