Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Katherine's Church, Rowsley
St Katherine's Church,
Church Lane / St Katherine's Lane, DE4 2EA,
Rowsley, 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 1841, and we understand it is still open.

The earliest reference to a place of worship in Rowsley for an Anglican congregation is in a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/11/18) for "Rowsley, in the Parish of Bakewell". It describes a Chapel, in lieu of a Church, consecrated July 31 1841 - the Room is used for a School during the week & Licensed for Divine Service on Sundays". It was erected "by the Duke of Rutland at his sole expense". There were 180 sittings, all free, and on March 30th it had an evening congregation of 44, and 15 Sunday Scholars. The return was completed by Hubert Kestell Cornish, its Officiating Minister, who lived in "Bakewell, Derbyshire". He remarked that there is no Endowment of any kind - but the Duke of Rutland is pleased to make annual payments in consideration of the Services of the present Incumbent".

Four years later, in 1855, the present building was consecrated. Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes the church of "St Catherine" as "a building of stone, consisting of chancel, north aisle, south porch and a turret containing one bell, formerly belonging to the old chapel at Haddon Hall". The north aisle and a mortuary chapel were added in 1859. The latter contains a monument to Catherine L.G. (Marlay), 1st wife of John, 7th Duke of Rutland (d.1854) [Hence, possibly, its dedication to St Catherine]. A new vestry was erected in 1896 by the Duke of Rutland, and a lych-gate placed in the churchyard by Robert W.M. Nesfield esq. J.P. in 1897.

The parish records date from 1855. The living (in 1932) was a vicarage in the gift of the Duke of Rutland, and had been held since 1923 by the Rev. Alfred Hall Prior M.A. of St John's College, Cambridge, also honorary canon of Melbourne in Derby Cathedral, rural dean of Bakewell, and surrogate.

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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 SK2548966071. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 1 Jan 2015 at 14:17.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:36:48 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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