Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Church of the Good Shepherd (formerly St Savour's), Wardlow
Church of the Good Shepherd (formerly St Savour's),
Wardlow, 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 1871, and we understand it is still open.

Bagshaw's Directory of 1846 records Wardlow as a township and village, [partly] in the chapelry of Great Longstone, and partly in the parish of Hope, 4¼ miles north-north-west from Bakewell, and 2¼ miles south-east from Tideswell - "it is a bleak and naked district, having no hedge rows and very few trees, principally occupied as dairy farms". A Sunday School was erected here in 1835, in which divine service is [was] occasionally performed by the perpetual curate of Longstone. On making a turnpike road through the village in 1759, "a circular heap of stones was opened, in which were found the remains of 17 human bodies entombed within stone coffins, apparently got from a quarry about 1 mile distant; but of the deposit nothing is known".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/2/18) records "Wardlow School Room" in the Chapelry of "grt. Longstone", as licensed in 1840-3 by private subscription. There was seating for 64, all free, but no services were held on March 30th, nor (apparently) during the previous 12 months. The return was completed by Jas. S. Hodson M.A. "P. Curate of Longstone", who gave his address as "Longstone Parsonage, Bakewell". He added that there was "No Service - [followed by 2 words I cannot read] - Used as Sunday School for 50".

The Church which was built subsequently, on the side of the village schoolroom, was, on Maps of 1879-1880 labelled as "St Savour's". It was not until Maps of 1972 that the present name of the "Good Shepherd" is shown.

Interested researchers may also wish to know there is a transcription of Memorials in the Churchyard available on the website of the Rev. Clive Thrower, a former vicar of the parish.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SK1814274733. 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 Wardlow, 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 8 Dec 2018 at 11:03.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:29:15 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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