Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Peter's Church, Snelston
St Peter's Church,
Church Road,
Snelston, 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, but we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1895, "the church of St Peter, situated within the grounds of Snelston Park, is a building of stone covered with ivy ... remodelled and rebuilt almost from the foundations about 1825, and now consists of chancel, nave of three bays, north aisle, western porch and a low embattled tower at the north-west angle, surmounted with four pinnacles, and containing a clock and 3 bells, dated respectively 1635, 1755 and 1668; the alterations of 1825 included the destruction of the nave arcade and the ceiling of the whole church with flat plaster roofs; the ancient font, an octagon of the Decorated period, c.1300, was restored in 1884, during the incumbency of the late Rev. H.T. Ross D.D. rector".

It mentions monuments on the walls of the church to James Sadler (1800), his wife Frances (1797) and 2 children; and in the vestry, a marble tablet to Robert Docksey esq. lord of the manor of Snelston, Frances his wife, and 2 children of 1699.

A new Snelston Hall was built shortly after the church, in 1827, to designs by L.N. Cottingham esq. for the Harrison family. The lord of the manor in 1895 was John Harrison esq., but by the time of publication of Kelly's Directory in 1932, he was described as "late", and his sister Mrs. Stanton had taken over his "seat". The church was then said to have been a chapel of ease of Norbury, described as "adjoining" the grounds of Snelston Park, rather than within the Park itself, and was no longer "ivy covered".

According to the British Listed Buildings website, the Hall the Harrisons had built was mostly demolished in 1951, but its ruins are now Grade II Listed - see their website for details.

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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 SK1553943329. 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 Snelston, 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 10 Dec 2018 at 12:50.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:26:32 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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