Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Derby Prison Chapel, Derby
Derby Prison Chapel,
South Street,
Derby, Derbyshire.


We don't know whether this Chapel 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 before 1895, but we understand it was closed in 1932.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 records that

"Her Majesty's Prison, built in 1827, at a cost of £65,000, occupies a site of about 6 acres, in South street, near the Friar Gate, Derby, and is a building with a front elevation in the Grecian-Doric style. It consists of a central block with radiating wings, in which are comprised the cells, workshops, and other apartments, with airing yards between. The prison is capable of holding 380 prisoners. Captain Charles E. Farquharson (is) governor; Rev. J.B.S. Watson M.A. chaplain; (and) Charles Augustus Greaves M.B., LL.B. surgeon."

By 1912, Kelly's Directory of that year records that the governor was J. Lindley Smith; Rev. James Hart Johnson B.A. chaplain; Charles Augustus Greaves M.B.Lond., M.R.C.S.Eng. medical officer; Francis Ley Augustus Greaves F.R.C.S.Eng., L.R.C.P.Lond. deputy medical officer; Rev. Harry Roger Rolfe, chaplain; Rev. T. Byrne, Catholic priest.

Elsewhere, on the Pictures of Old Derby website, we learn that the Prison building was designed by Francis Goodwin, with "huge entrance gates, Martello Towers and 25ft walls ... in the popular wheel layout, the central hub of the gaol was formed by the chapel and governor's house with seven cell wings".

The complex later became the Derby Greyhound Stadium, then more recently, offices and apartments, the front facade being all that remains now of the Prison.


Now or formerly Prison Chapel.

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK3429136346. 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 Derby, 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 13 Jun 2011 at 12:24.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:02:54 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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