Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Former General Baptist Chapel / Church of the Nazarene, Ilkeston
Former General Baptist Chapel / Church of the Nazarene,
South Street,
Ilkeston, Derbyshire.


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 in 1784, but we understand it was closed in 1858.

Baptists meeting at a Chapel in Little Hallam removed to this building in Ilkeston in 1784, and in 1785, it became independent of the church at Kegworth to which it had belonged. The Little Hallam Chapel dated from 1767, and is said to have stood somewhere on the present Little Hallam hill.

The building in Ilkeston is on the east side of South Street, and described in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) as a plain structure of brick, with rendered gabled front, of three bays, with two tiers of windows. The publication is based on a study by RCHM around 1974, and it recorded that at that time it was in use by Elim Pentecostal Church, but its demolition was being proposed for 1975.

Fortunately, this never took place, and the chapel is still in existence, standing next to the South Street Medical Centre. There is a photograph of it on Ilkeston and District Local History Society's webpage of Churches and Chapels, and it now enjoys Listed Building status.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses also records memorials in burial grounds to the east and west of the chapel, to (1) Elizabeth SEAVERN (1812); (2) Ann HARRISON (1794); Ann wife of Philip HARDCASTLE 'an itinerant Minister in the Methodist Connexion' (1811); (4) Mary (Newton) wife of George BLOUNT (1846); (5) Sarah (Newton) wife of George BLOUNT of Lenton Lock; (6) William Barnes WEST (1831); and a table-tomb and four reset slate headstones commemorating several members of a TWELLS family.

It was superseded in 1858 by what is now Queen Street Baptist Church, after which it was used for a time as a Sunday-school. Its present use is unknown, but it is now a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. The Listed Building account records it as "Nazarene Church" and simply "non-conformist"; it also records that the interior has a gallery around three sides, supported on cast iron columns.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK4656741441. 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 Ilkeston, 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 30 Jun 2011 at 18:47.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:52:15 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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