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St Peter's Church (Chapel of Ease of Staveley), Woodthorpe, Staveley
St Peter's Church (Chapel of Ease of Staveley)   [no longer consecrated]
Woodthorpe Road,
Woodthorpe, Staveley, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church did 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 1632, but we understand it was closed in 1992, and the premises are now in secular use.

It seems very probable this was the site of the ancient Woodthorpe Chapel of Ease to Staveley mentioned in the Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers, as built in 1632.

Kelly's Directory of 1932, writing 300 years after the chapel's foundation, says it seated 130, and was founded by Peter FRECHEVILLE in his will of 16th March 1632, together with almshouses, which were for "eight poor men and women". However it does not mention the chapel's dedication.

The British Listed Buildings website provides the dedication to St Peter, and states that the present building dates from 1849, though it also refers to original benches and fitments inside, plus an octagonal stone font at east end, with the bell (dated 1636) hanging in the west bellcote.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/4/1/3) for "Alms-House Chapel at Woodthorpe (Staveley Parish)" would appear to relate to the building. It had an average congregation of "about 70 to 80" at morning service, with 50 Sunday Scholars, but on March 30th, there was "No Service" as the "Chapel was just rebuilt & not opened yet". The return was completed by J.D. Macfarlane, Rector of Staveley, who remarked that "this Chapel has just been rebuilt at the Cost of the Duke of Devonshire whose Estate at Staveley is charged with the support of the Almshouses &c."

An account of Woodthorpe's history, on the Woodthorpe Village Community website says the bell referred to above came from a ship, and was brought to Woodthorpe by the Frecheville family. It also informs us that the the church was closed in 1992, "the Church authorities seeking to sell the property as a dwelling house", as indeed seems to be the case in the present day.


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 was located at OS grid reference SK4511574561. 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 Woodthorpe, Staveley, 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 13 Dec 2014 at 13:48.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:20:39 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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