Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Lawrence's Church, Shottle
St Lawrence's Church,
Lambhouse Lane, DE56 2DS,
Shottle, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does NOT have 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 1824, and we understand it is still open.

The earliest known reference to a "mission room" in the joint township of Shottle and Postern is in 1824, when according to White's Directory of 1857, "the old school-room was converted into a dwelling for the master, and a new school consisting of two rooms, was erected at the expense of the inhabitants, in which Divine Service is performed every Sunday, by the Rev. Jas. P. Deacon, incumbent of Turnditch".

Kelly's Directory of 1912 records "a small chapel erected by a former Duke of Devonshire, and licensed in 1861, in which divine service is conducted on Sunday by the Rev. W.H. Turner B.A. vicar of Hazelwood". This was, presumably the present St Lawrence's church, which consists of a nave, of 4 bays, a small western porch, and a turret above it containing a single bell; however it is not mentioned by name, nor in the 1932 edition of Kelly.

Shottle and Postern were described as hamlets, in the parish of Duffield, having a station on the Wirksworth branch of the London, Midland and Scottish railway, 3 miles west from Belper and 5 north-west from Duffield. Detached parts of Duffield and Hazelwood, known as Cowers Lane and Beaconsfield Villas, were transferred to the township in 1886. The account also mentions a Baptist Chapel.

Note: So far as I can tell, Postern, in White's Directory of 1857 described as "a small district of scattered houses, 3 miles N.W. from Belper" survives now only in the names Postern House, Postern Farm and Postern Lodge, close to where Shottle Station once was. They were, in fact much closer to Turnditch than to Shottle hamlet. Shottle Hall was about half way between the two, but the only reference to it in 1912 was that it was occupied by two tenants. The Duke of Devonshire was lord of the manor and principal landowner, so presumably it belonged to him. The chief crops were wheat, oats, and about two-thirds pasture.


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 SK3121549381. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 18 Nov 2013 at 08:38.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:48:46 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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