Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Andrew's Church, Litchurch (Demolished), Derby
St Andrew's Church, Litchurch (Demolished),
201 London Road, DE1 2TZ,
Derby, 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 1864, but we understand it was closed in 1969.

St Andrew's church was the brain child of John Erskine Clarke. It was known as the "Railwaymen's Church", built to provide a place of worship for the hundreds of railway workers who came to work in Litchurch, and was ultimately to became a notable landmark in Derby's London Road. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott, and the foundation stone was laid on 29th March 1864, Easter Tuesday, and consecrated 2 years later by Bishop Londsale on 10th May 1866, Ascension Day. The site it stood on was originally "a swampy waste" - land between Hulland Street and the railway bridge - "and on it there lay a number of huge iron tubes which were being cast at the foundries in connection with the works of an Indian railway". There were further details of its building on the former Bygone Derbyshire website.

Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers notes that although there is a burial register for the church (covering the period 1865-1893, and 1918), the burials recorded are of members of congregation buried elsewhere.

In 1969, St Andrew's parish was merged with St Osmund, Wilmorton and in 1970 the building was demolished. The site is now occupied by St Andrew's House, which in 1998 was a Social Security Office. [Source: The Old Parish Churches of Derbyshire (1998)]


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 SK3608335286. 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 Derby, 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 9 Oct 2018 at 16:27.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:03:33 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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