Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Holy Trinity Church, Yeaveley
Holy Trinity Church,
Leapley Lane / Rodsley Lane, DE6 2DT,
Yeaveley, 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 1840, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 tells us Yeaveley is a village and ecclesiastical parish formed from Shirley in 1844, to which was annexed in 1886, part of the township of Stydd. The separate section describing Stydd, which is 1 mile south west, records that it was "formerly Stedde" and "tithe and toll free". The remainder of Stydd, which wasn't annexed to Yeaveley, was annexed to Snelston.

Holy Trinity Church is a simple, but attractive building, of red brick with nave and an embattled western tower containing one bell. In 1895, it was said to be nearly covered in ivy. Its parish registers begin in 1841. The living in 1895 was a vicarage, in the gift of the vicar of Shirley, and had been held since 1844 by Rev. William Buck Dearden, who was also vicar and resided at Alkmonton.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/447/1/11/14) was however completed by E.W. Michell, Vicar of Shirley, with an address of "Shirley Vicarage". He described the building as "Trinity Church - Church of a District ordered in Council under 16 Section of 59 of George 3rd. Cap 134", noting that it was consecrated in May 1840 "in lieu of an Old Church", and that it had 74 free sittings, and 80 other sittings. The average congregation over the previous 3 months had been 60 in the mornings and 75 in afternoons, with 40 and 36 Sunday Scholars respectively, and no evening service. These figures are however deceptive, suggesting there were 2 services, but in practice there was only one, as indicated by Rev. Michell remarks that "the Service is at present but once on Sundays, alternately morning and afternoon".

An account of the church's history, available on the Ashbourne Deanery website, indicates that some portions of the old church were saved, and installed in the new church. Of particular mention is an original painted royal coat of arms, which hangs above the east window. The account tells us that the practice of displaying the coat of arms of the monarch dates back to the time of the Reformation, with the arms being changed for each new monarch, but the custom fell into disuse during the Hanoverian period. This suggests that the original building must have been at least a century older than the present day church. In addition, two boards, featuring the Ten Commandments, Lord's Prayer and Creed, which hang either side of the east window, may indicate an even earlier date. It was the custom to display similar tablets before the Reformation, but their placement may have been dictated by a Canon law of 1603 "that the Ten Commandments be set-up on the east end of every church, where the people may best see and read the same".

Note: Holy Trinity Church, Yeaveley belongs to Brailsford Benefice.

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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 SK1864040293. 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 Yeaveley, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 28 Sep 2018 at 15:54.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 19:52:55 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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