Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Melbourne Baptist Church, Melbourne
Melbourne Baptist Church,
Chapel Street, DE73 8EH,
Melbourne, 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 1747, and we understand it is still open.

The congregation of Melbourne Baptist Church originated about 1747, after the church at Barton in the Beans, in Leicestershire, sent itinerant preachers to the area. Like its parent church, Melbourne was originally Independent (so described on a 1753 marriage covenant), but both were General Baptist by 1760, with Melbourne being one of the founders of the General Baptist new Connexion.

The first chapel, built in 1747-8 was 'virtually rebuilt' in 1832, and today only the lower openings, for two doors and a central venetian-style window, remain recognisable as work of the 1750s. There is a burial ground to the rear, with memorials to (1) Ann wife of James WORSTALL (1760), (2) Thomas ROBINSON (1768) and several family members, and (3) John Joseph, son of James and Ann NEWBOLD (1845) "with cherub in oval cartouche", and there are other memorials inside the church. The organ was brought in 1856 from Great Meeting in Leicester.

A school was added to the north, next to the chapel in 1810. It is built of brick, was enlarged in 1835 and rebuilt in 1852. The two are joined by a narrow frontage, also brick. The Baptist Church itself is now a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. [Source: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986)]

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Now or formerly General Baptist.

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 SK3863025367. 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 Melbourne, 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 6 Jun 2011 at 12:06.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:50:53 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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