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St James's Church, Shardlow
St James's Church,
London Road, DE72 2GP,
Shardlow, 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 1838, and we understand it is still open.

St James is the parish church for Shardlow and Great Wilne. It is one of the churches in the Trent and Derwent Parish Churches group. The other churches in the Benefice are Aston on Trent, Barrow on Trent, Elvaston, Swarkestone, Twyford and Weston on Trent.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 records that Shardlow is 1½ miles north from Castle Donington and Shardlow station on the Trent and Melbourne branch, and 2½ south-west from Draycott station on the Trent and Derby branch, 4½ east from the Trent Junction on the main line of the London, Midland and Scottish railway and 7 south-east from Derby. The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the parish to join the River Trent about half a mile below the village, "having on its banks and branches various coal and timber wharfs". Cavendish bridge, of three arches, over the Trent, erected in 1771, is about a quarter of a mile away. Gas was said to be supplied by the Draycott Gas Co. and electricity by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Electric Power Co.

St James's Church was built in 1838 "to serve what had become at that time the largest inland port in the country" to a design by Henry Stevens of Derby. It consists of chancel and nave, north and south porches and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock with chimes and 6 bells. The entrance from London Road is by an ornate wrought iron gateway, with a delicate gilded archway above it, bordered by iron railings, tipped with matching gilt - most effective. There is a War Memorial in the churchyard. I understand a survey of this, and other monuments may be found at the Shardlow Heritage Centre.

Great Wilne, also known as Far Wilne, is a joint township with Shardlow. Church Wilne is a separate parish, about the same distance from Shardlow, to the south, as it is from Draycott, to the north. It is separated from Great Wilne by the River Derwent, and there is no bridge!

For present-day matters, and further information about St James's Parish Church, the Shardlow & Great Wilne Parish Council website may also be of interest.


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 SK4379830323. 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 Shardlow, 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 27 Oct 2018 at 13:41.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:05:53 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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