Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Church of Our Lady of Mercy & St Philip Neri (RC), Melbourne
Church of Our Lady of Mercy & St Philip Neri (RC),
Church Street, DE73 8EJ,
Melbourne, 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 1906, and we understand it is still open.

This church belongs to the Catholic parish of Melbourne and Castle Donington, one of five parishes making up the Mercia Deanery of the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham. The other parishes are Ashby de la Zouch, Measham, Stapenhill and Swadlincote. Castle Donington and Ashby de la Zouch are in Leicestershire; Stapenhill was transferred from Derbyshire to Staffordshire in 1894.

A Catholic mission was established in Melbourne in 1906, when Admiral Sir Walter Kerr and his wife, recent converts to Catholicism, came to live in Melbourne Hall. Temporary accomodation was set up in the Hall in one of the upper rooms above a disused laundry building. This now the Tea Rooms for the Hall.

The first Mass was held on 6th May 1906. It was attended by the Kerr household, and five inhabitants from the town, the only Catholic population at that time.

Lady Kerr died shortly after this, but it was her wish that a permanent church should be built, and work was started the following year. Accordingly, the foundation stone of the present building was laid by Bishop Robert Brindle, 4th Bishop of Nottingham, and the church was opened on 10th May 1908. Ownership remained with the Kerr family until 1982, when the grandson of the founders handed the church, priest's house, and land they had been built on over to the diocese.

The above information has been compiled with the assistance of the Taking Stock of Catholic Churches in England & Wales website.


Now or formerly Roman Catholic.

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 SK3876325107. 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.

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Information last updated on 8 Dec 2018 at 16:15.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:44:29 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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