Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St John the Baptist Church, Ashbourne
St John the Baptist Church,
Buxton Road, DE6 1EX,
Ashbourne, 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 1871, and we understand it is still open.

St John the Baptist's Church is a Grade C Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 records it as "St John's Church, formerly Ashborne Free Church of England", opened 28th May 1871. Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes it simply as "a free church", built at a cost of about £8,000 defrayed by Francis Wright esq. of Osmaston Manor, "who also endowed the church with £103 yearly and a residence". It was licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese in 1883, and is a building of stone, consisting of an apsidal chapel, nave, aisles, and a western tower, forming the entrance, and containing a clock and one bell. The living was then (in 1932) an incumbency, in the gift of trustees, and had been held since 1930 by the Rev. Charles William White M.A. of St John's College, Cambridge.

Derbyshire Record Office's catalogue of Church of England Registers records it as joining the established church in 1883, after a foundation in 1872 for a Free Church of England congregation. They add that it is now an extra-parochial chapel, and is not licensed for marriages, and that records of baptisms exist for 1872-1952.

At the time it was built, it had the advantage over St Oswald of all its seating being free. This was later remedied when the vicar of St Oswald agreed to provide more free seating.

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 SK1802646965. 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 Ashbourne, 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 10 Dec 2018 at 12:50.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:11:28 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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