Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St John the Evangelist's Church, Ridgeway, Eckington
St John the Evangelist's Church,
Ridgeway Moor / Main Road,
Ridgeway, Eckington, 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 1840, and we understand it is still open.

Ridgeway ecclesiastical parish was created in 1843 from the civil parish of Eckington. Kelly's Directory of 1932 tells us St John's Church was erected in 1840, at a cost of £2,000. It is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and porch; and an embattled western tower, with four pinnacles, and containing one bell, which was added in 1883-84. The latter, with other restorations and alterations, cost an additional £1,000. The parish records date from 1843.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/4/2/7) records that "St John's Church Ridgway is the Church of a district constituted a separate Parish for ecclesiastical purposes by an order of council dated June 10th 1843". It was completed by the Curate, John Owen Picton, of "Ridgway, Chesterfield" for an estimated congregation on March 30th of 50 in the morning, and 60 in the afternoon, with 56 and 73 Sunday Scholars respectively.


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 SK4014281207. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Dec 2014 at 09:13.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 17:14:09 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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