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Christ Church, Wessington
Christ Church,
Matlock Road,
Wessington, 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 1858, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes Wessington as a township and ecclesiastical parish created on March 6th 1859 from the parish of Crich, 1½ miles north west from Wingfield station on the main line of the Midland railway, 3½ miles north west by west (NNW) from Alfreton, and 10 south from Chesterfield. It describes Christ Church as erected and consecrated in 1858, as "a building of stone in the Early Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, south porch and a turret containing one bell", and notes that there was one small stained window. It was however renovated and improved in 1884, to provide 208 sittings, so there may well be more than one small window by now! Certainly, by the time Kelly's Directory of 1932 was printed, the church had experienced another renovation, and in 1907 an organ had been added, but by then the number of sittings had been reduced to 188.

In 1932, the living was a vicarage, with that of Brackenfield and Woolley annexed, in the alternate gift of the vicar of Crich and trustees, and had been held since 1922 by the Rev. James Williams L.Div of St David's College, Lampeter, who resided at Brackenfield.

Seemingly, the link with Brackenfield continues in more recent times, since Tom Bates 'About Derbyshire' website, in his account of Wessington (May 2007), mentions a notice board outside the church saying the present incumbent also has charge of the churches at Brackenfield and Ashover.


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 SK3727057601. 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 Wessington, 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 2 Oct 2018 at 10:29.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 11:03:42 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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