Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Bernadette's Church (RC), Bolsover
St Bernadette's Church (RC),
59 High Street, S44 6HF,
Bolsover, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does NOT have 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 1903, and we understand it is still open.

St Bernadette's Church belongs to the joint benefice of St Joseph, Shirebrook with St Bernadette, Bolsover & St Teresa, Warsop. The account of its building on St Joseph's Parish Shirebrook website tells us that a Catholic community was founded in Bolsover in 1903, when Mass was said in a wooden hut behind the house at 1 High Street. The hut was dedicated to St Joseph, and it continued to be used until 1928. In 1943, part of a derelict property at 59 High Street was adapted for a chapel, and this remained in use until 1967, when the present church was built. More information is of course available on the aforementioned website.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 23rd August 1968 (p.9303) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Building certified for worship named ST. BERNADETTE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, High Street, Bolsover in the registration district of Chesterfield in the county of Derby, was on 20th August 1968, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949, as amended by section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act, 1958. Dated 21st August 1968.

Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) lists St Bernadette's Church, also a "Church of Our Lady of The Angels", both with Roman Catholic congregations, and meeting in Bolsover High Street. It seems unlikely there would be two separate churches, so it would suggest some connection between the two. Perhaps "Our Lady of The Angels" was the dedication of the 1943 building. If so, the notice of cancellation of its registration, as "Church of Our Lady of the Angels, High Street, Bolsover", took place only recently, published in the Gazette of 8th May 2014 (p.9198).


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 SK4735570307. 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 Bolsover, 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 16 Dec 2018 at 11:53.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:45:41 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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