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Holy Trinity Church, Fernilee
Holy Trinity Church,
Buxton Road,
Fernilee, 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 1905, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes Fernilee as a township in the parish of Hope, immediately adjacent to the Whaley Bridge station (in Cheshire) on the Buxton and Manchester section of the London and North Western railway, 6 miles north west from Buxton, and 3 south west from Chapel en le Frith. The account draws our attention that Fernilee is on the borders of Cheshire, and is divided from that county by the river Goyt, which is here crossed by a stone bridge. The Cromford and High Peak railway then passed through it, forming a junction at Whaley Bridge with the London and North Western railway. "There are no water works, the supply being direct from springs; gas is supplied by the Whaley Bridge Gas Company from works near the railway station".

Holy Trinity Church was then described as "an iron structure", erected in 1884. Services were then conducted by the Rev. Stackhouse William Walter, B.A. of Charsley's hall, Oxford, who had been curate in charge since 1895. The present building of stone is described in Kelly's Directory of 1912 as erected in 1905, at a cost of £2,300, consisting "at present only of a nave: the pulpit, given by the Openshaw family of Stand (Lancs.) was formerly in Radcliffe parish church (Lancs.)". There were then 250 sittings; the living was a vicarage, in the gift of the Bishop of Southwell, and had been held since 1910 by the Rev. John Hutchison, of London University. It was obviously an expensive time for the parish as the Church Hall, erected in 1911, cost £1,100…

In fact, whilst Holy Trinity Church is described as being of Fernilee, it is actually closer to the centre of Whaley Bridge, and one of two Anglican churches in that vicinity, the other being St James, in Taxal. It seems unlikely ever to have had a graveyard, as it backs onto the River Goyt. It is now a Listed Building.

Nearby is a bus stop labelled 'Horwich End, White Horse (opp)'. And speaking of pubs, Fernilee settlement itself still has the pub named the 'Shady Oak' showing on OS Maps 1910-13.


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 SK0106880850. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 20 Dec 2018 at 11:20.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 18:10:17 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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