Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Unitarian Sunday School, Belper
Unitarian Sunday School,
Green Lane (formerly Market Street Lane), DE56,
Belper, 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 1721, but we understand it was closed in 1855.

A plaque above the doorway states this building was the Unitarian Sunday School, 1721-1855. However it is understood to have been Belper's first permanent Unitarian Chapel, a single storey building built around 1721, the upper floor being added in 1855 as a Sunday School. It is not clear how this ties in with the new Unitarian Chapel, built by Jedidiah Strutt in 1788 in Field Row.

The Belper Research Website has a page "Religious Dissenters and their Chapels", which quotes an article from the The Christian Examiner 1826, page 431:

Belper. The congregation here was originally Trinitarian, but the present chapel was built entirely by a gentleman of Unitarian sentiments. The congregation probably owes its rise to the preaching of Mr Samuel Charles, M.A. who was ejected from the neighbouring parish of Mickleover, and, according to Calamy, preached at Belper.

Note: The Unitarian Sunday School is now a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. Its entry also provides the information that Green Lane was known formerly as Market Street Lane.


Now or formerly Unitarian.

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 SK3496347532. 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 Belper, 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 21 Mar 2011 at 10:18.

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This Report was created 19 May 2022 - 06:46:00 BST 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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