Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Church of the Immaculate Conception, Spinkhill, Eckington
Church of the Immaculate Conception,
Spinkhill Lane,
Spinkhill, Eckington, 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 1791, and we understand it is still open.

Gladwyn Turbutt's A History of Derbyshire (1996) p.1294 cites the return of Roman Catholic Chapels in 1836 for information it provides relating to a Roman Catholic chapel at Spinkhill. The original building dated from 1790/1, and was built on the site of an old chapel at Spinkhill Hall, the former home of the recusant family of Pole, by then extinct. This was later superseded by the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which dates from 1844-6. Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes it as having a tower with spire and several stained windows.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 24th April 1839 (p.1353) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a building, named the Immaculate Conception, situated at Spinkhill, in the parish of Eckington, in the county of Derby, in the district of Chesterfield Union, being a building licensed and used for public religious worship as a Roman Catholic chapel exclusively, was, on the 20th day of April 1849, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of the 6th and 7th William IV, cap. 85. Dated 21st April 1849.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/4/2/10) for "Church of the Immaculate Conception" in Eckington parish describes a separate building "erected in the year 1845" with free seating for "about 50", and "about 160" "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was "about 200" in the morning, and "about 100" in the afternoon - none in the evening, and no Sunday School. The return was completed by John Baron, Catholic Priest, of "Mt. St. Mary's, Chesterfield". Curiously, it is labelled on Old Maps as "St Mary's R.C. Chapel" - presumably this relates to its proximity to Mount St Mary's R.C. College, the Jesuit training college, described elsewhere in this database.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SK4540478616. 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 Spinkhill, Eckington, 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 09:27.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:00:31 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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