Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Holy Trinity Church, Mapperley
Holy Trinity Church,
Mapperley Lane / Church Lane,
Mapperley, 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 1851, and we understand it is still open.

The ecclesiastical parish of Mapperley was formed 22 July 1870 from the civil parish of Kirk Hallam. Holy Trinity church was built in 1851, and its registers date from that time.

So says Kelly's Directory of 1932; however the website of the Covenant Churches of Stanley, Stanley Common and Mapperley (WSSM Churches Together) group describes the necessity of the church's closure in 1964 whilst it was rebuilt. In common with Christ Church, Cotmanhay (Ilkeston), the church had become unstable as a consequence of mining subsidence. The new build, based on an A-frame design, was floated on a concrete raft, supporting it above and beyond the level of subsidence.

This sounds reminiscent of 'quake' zone in Hong Kong, and the 'X' or 'A' plan oak beam structures which underpin some of our older church towers! However Holy Trinity has a thoroughly modern, chalet style appearance, and the change can only have been for the better.

There is a fuller account of the church's history on the Covenant Churches of West Hallam, Stanley, Stanley Common and Mapperley (WSSM) website, which also includes the information that Mapperley had a small chapel belonging to the Mapperley Park estate before Holy Trinity was built. This was a private chapel, for the lord of the manor, and villagers were only permitted to attend it if they had obtained prior consent - in this case from the vicar of St Wilfred's Church in West Hallam. This is useful information for those who might be looking for an ancestor's baptism or burial, as it indicates it need not have taken place in the nearest church. The principle might even apply to other "estate" churches too, such as Alderwasley, where its old chapel does appear to have maintained a private existence until a new church was built in 1849.


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 SK4349142912. 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 Mapperley, 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 28 Dec 2011 at 11:40.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:01:59 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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