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St Thomas's Church, Somercotes
St Thomas's Church,
Nottingham Road,
Somercotes, 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 1854, and we understand it is still open.

The parish of Somercotes was formed in 1898 from portions of the parishes of Alfreton and Riddings. The name 'Somercotes' derives from the time when the land was owned by Beauchief Abbey, and used for summer grazing.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes St Thomas's Church as erected in 1852, and rebuilt (with the exception of the old chancel) in 1902, and is "an edifice of brick and stone, consisting of chancel and nave". The original building was erected in 1849 as a Wesleyan chapel, but following the division in the Methodist Church, the building was sold to the Riddings Churchwardens for £400, which was raised by donations. A chancel, built of stone, was then added, and a stained east window inserted at the expense of Thomas Haden Oakes esq. J.P. in memory of Mrs Beastall. Further additions were made in 1878, and the whole, as Kelly says, was rebuilt in 1902. [Source: Johnson, Reginald - A History of Alfreton (1868)]

In the church is a lead tablet unveiled in 1920 and in the churchyard a marble cross, erected in 1927, both dedicated to the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. The parish records prior to 1898 are incorporated in those of Riddings and Alfreton.

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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 SK4238253801. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 20 Oct 2013 at 12:50.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 21:41:14 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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