Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist's Church, Dethick
St John the Baptist's Church,
Mill Lane,
Dethick, 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 1220, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 records that St John the Baptist's Church at Dethick dates from 1220.

It was built originally by Sir Geoffrey Dethick, as a simple single-celled chapel adjacent to his manor house. It came into the possession of the Babington family in the 15th century, and in 1530-32, was refurbished by Anthony Babington (c.1475-1544). He raised the roof, and added a set of clerestory windows, in the most fashionable style of the day - Perpendicular. He also built the tower, still a notable feature of the church today. It does nevertheless retain its early "single-cell" status, so remains aisle-less, and "with no architectural division between nave and sanctuary".

The Babington family had acquired the manor of Dethick by marriage, when Thomas Babington married Isabella Dethick some time before 1432. Its most famous (or infamous) member was the great grandson of the builder of the tower, another Anthony, whose involvement in the so-called "Babington Plot" to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I led to his execution for high treason in 1586.

"Dethick and Lea" was originally a chapelry in the parish of Ashover, and baptisms 1754-1847 can be found in the transcription of Ashover register. The composite parish of "Dethick, Lea and Holloway" came into existence in 1901, with the addition of Holloway, which had been previously in the parish of Crich. The main place of worship for its parishioners became Christ Church, built in 1903 as a parish of ease of St John, to serve the Lea and Holloway settlements which had developed around the spinning and hosiery manufacture at Lea Mills (John Smedley, Ltd.)

See also the Diocese of Derby - Parish Churches account, and a more comprehensive account, including photographs, of Dethick, St John the Baptist Chapel in the Derwent, Dethick, Drakelow section of Ann Andrews' Picture Gallery : Derbyshire.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SK3271857965. 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 Dethick, 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 7 Oct 2018 at 13:46.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:07:41 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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