Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (RC), Tideswell
Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (RC),
Queen Street, SK17 8PF,
Tideswell, 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 1830, and we understand it is still open.

Samuel Bagshaw's Directory of 1846 records that a Catholic chapel in Tideswell was erected and endowed about 1832 by the Duke of Norfolk, and the Rev. John Ross of Hathersage is the priest.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/21/29) for the Catholic Chapel in Tideswell, in the district of "High Peak", described a separate building erected about 1830, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had all free sittings (no mention of how many) and standing room for 140; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 25 to morning service only. The average figure of 25 included an evening service too. The return was completed by Benjamin Hulme, who described himself as "Catholic Priest" of "Hathersage nr. Bakewell". He remarked that "service [was] only occasionally, about once every 6 weeks, done by the Catholic Priest from Hathersage".

In 1857, White's Directory of that year records that the Rev. Louis M. Le Dréau of Hathersage was the priest.

At the time of compilation of Harrod's Directory of 1870, the "small Roman Catholic chapel" was said to be disused.

In fact, it would appear to have experienced a revival, as Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide makes no mention of the original chapel, but rather - records the present chapel as founded in 1885. And the following notice in The London Gazette of 22nd June 1888 (p.3441) recorded its registration for marriages shortly after:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Roman Catholic Chapel, situate at Tideswell, in the parish of Tideswell, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 11th day of May, 1888, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 1st June 1888.

The DRO Guide does include any records, either of baptisms, marriages, or burials, so it is unknown whether this registration was ever taken advantage of. [Maps of 1899 and 1922 show a small burial ground next to the Chapel]

Kelly's Directories of 1891 and 1895 record only the existence of the chapel. Kelly's Directory of 1912 records that "the small Catholic chapel here, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is served from Hathersage", but does not mention the name of the priest. Elsewhere in the Directory it says the name of the Catholic Priest in 1895 was Rev. Henry George Dobson, and in 1912, the Rev. Francis F. Busch. By the time Kelly's Directory of 1932 was published, again there was no mention of the name of the priest, but it was said to be served from Chesterfield. Three priests were named at the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Spencer street, Chesterfield - the Rev. Humphrey Wilson Ph.D., R.C. priest, Rev. Francis Osmond Barker, and Rev. John Gunning B.A.

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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 SK1515875476. 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 Tideswell, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 5 Feb 2015 at 14:32.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 03:14:01 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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