Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Little Longstone Congregational Church, Little Longstone
Little Longstone Congregational Church,
Little Longstone, 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 1844, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes Little Longstone as "at the foot of a bold range of hills", 3½ miles north-west from Bakewell and half a mile from Great Longstone. "The river Wye flows on the west through the valley of Monsal Dale, a fine view of which is obtained from Monsal Head, in Ashford township, from which a good road leads through the dale to Cressbrook and Litton". At Monsal Dale is a station on the Ambergate and Manchester section of the London, Midland and Scottish railway.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/8/12) describes a separate, but unnamed building in Little Longstone, erected in 1844 for Independent or Congregational worshippers, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 60, and 58 "other" sittings, with standing room in the "Aisle & around the Pulpit". The estimated congregation on March 30th was 31 in the afternoon, but there was "Morning Service every Alternate Sunday; & Afternoon every Sunday". The remarks were initialed "C.H." but the return was completed by Joseph Spencer, its Minister, whose address was "Bakewell, Derbyshire".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 18th October 1887 (p.5606) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Congregational Chapel, situate at Little Longstone, in the parish of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 8th day of October, 1887, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 11th October 1887.

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Now or formerly Congregational.

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 SK1875671624. 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 Little Longstone, 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 2 Jan 2015 at 14:33.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:54:37 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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