Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church (RC), Stapenhill
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church (RC),
Main Street, DE15 9AP,
Stapenhill, 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 1972, and we understand it is still open.

An account from the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Stafford, Volume 9: Burton-upon-Trent (2003), pp. 218-219 (Stapenhill: Roman Catholicism) tells us that a labourer of Stapenhill was recorded as one of Staffordshire's Papists in the returns of 1705 and 1706. This is curious, as a Derbyshire Record Society publication - The Derbyshire Papist Returns of 1705-6 (1983) records that Abraham Swaine, the vicar of Stapenhill in 1705 and of Stapenhill and Caldwell in 1706, attested both years that there were none! Sounds like the labourer might have been worshipping away from home! Or perhaps there was some confusion, since Stapenhill was part of Derbyshire until 1889, after which date it became part of the borough of Burton on Trent. The date is significant, as Bulmer's Directory of Derbyshire of 1895 tells us that the village of Stapenhill stands on the opposite bank of the River Trent to Burton, and until 1889, when "an iron girder foot-bridge of great length and strength" was erected, the only means of crossing the river had been by ferry.

The next mention in the VCH account of Roman Catholicism in Stapenhill is in 1950, when mass was being said at Stapenhill Institute by a priest from St Mary and St Modwen church in Burton. A new parish of the Holy Rosary, in the diocese of Nottingham, was created in 1955, and a church was registered in 1957 at Waterside House in Waterside Road. The congregation moved to their present building in Main Street, formerly a United Methodist Free Chapel, in 1972.

For further information, and photographs, see the combined website for the RC Churches in Stapenhill, Swadlincote and Winshill - "SSW-RRC".


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 SK2552021696. 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 Stapenhill, 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 15 Dec 2018 at 14:43.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2023 - 17:14:07 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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