Memorial Inscriptions: Belper Congregationalist Church

Updated: Saturday, July 2, 2011   |   Belper Historical & Genealogical Website

Belper's Congregational church is on Green Lane. This church was built in 1872, to the design of George Woodhouse, a Bolton architect better known for his textile mills and factories in Lancashire.

The Church was originally established in 1789 when Belper had only three other places of wcrship, and a rapidly growing population. As the Unitarians were moving to a new building, the Congregationalists were able to rent their old one.

In the 1790's a half acre of land was purchased, and a chapel built and completed in 1799. This church was enlarged on various occasions but demolished in 1869, a new church which is still standing today, being opened in 1872 at a cost of £5,000 which included a separate Sunday School built from the material of the original chapel. This church too became unsafe and with tremendous effort and pride the small congregation saw the completion of another new church behind the older one and built on the s:te of the former Sunday School.

Most of the gravestones were removed and placed around the walls or laid flat at this time. The church registers are held by the Secretary of the Church. Burials date from 1799 and baptisms from 1793. The latter may be copies of the originals which were handed into the Public Record Office and are listed as 'Belper & Heage Independent Chapel’.

After laying derelict and open to the elements for a number of years, the old church is now being rebuilt and restored for use as a private dwelling.

WEB LINK: Conservation & Restoration work on the Church

War Memorial Tablet in the Church
"1914-1919: In Proud and Glorious Memory of Our Boys"

Barker Thomas W.
Bates John
Gamlin Frederick
Garlick Samuel
Green Wilfred
Hobson Fred
Holden Wilfred
Hunt Charles
Jackson Harry
Jennison Albert E.
Porter Samuel
Price James M. M.
Robertson Herbert
Sims Frank
Smith Gerald
Throw Herbert
Watson Frederick
Weston Joseph
Wheatley Ernest H.
Wilkinson William

Memorials inside the Church

Gawthorne Revd Thomas Ratcliffe Pastor of this Church Oct 21st 1847 82
Gawthorne Sarah wife of Thos Mar 18 1832 71
Brown George Deacon of this Church Dec 19 1914 80
Brown Jabez Superintendant Dec 10 1882 68
Smedley Ebenezer Deacon July 6 1907 68
Holden William Maurice   Mar 13 1929 26
Wolstenholme Robert Revd. Sep 6 1852 39
Knowles Frederick Pastor of this Church Nov 3 1918 78

Memorials in the Churchyard

STATHAM Patience wife of William, of Green Bank May 18 1825 25
STATHAM William   Dec 29 1844 60
STATHAM Anna Elizabeth also wife of William 19 Jan 1876 75
HARRISON Ann wife of Thomas Mar 4 1835 27
HARRISON Ann daughter of Ann May 19 1835 11
PYM Ellen daug of George and Rebecca Pym Nov 30 1847 4 ½
PYM William son of Geo and Rebecca Jul 22 1856 10
STANSBY Harriet dau of Thos and Mary Oct 13 1838 21
HARRISON Joseph of Lawn Hill Dec 6 1839 56
HARRISON Elizabeth wife of Joseph Mar 29 1845 69
HARRISON Milicent dau of Joseph and Eliz Sep 28 1850 16
HAYNES Hannah wife of James Mar 24 1819 57
HAYNES James husb of Hannah Apr 18 1840 81
HAYNES Samuel son of James and Hannah Dec 6 1854 68
HARRISON Elizabeth wife of William Oct 11 1852 64
CALVERT Eliz wife of James May 27 1850 31
CALVERT Patience Harrison Calvert wife of James Oct 16 1857 28
MELBOURNE Phebe Williams dau of Wm and Phebe Melbourne Jun 14 1823 1yr 7 mths
BOSTOCK Thomas Husb of Eliz Oct 13 1825 52
BOSTOCK Elizabeth wife of Thos Jan 15 1830 61
TOPLEY John son of Wm and Ann of Bull Bridge Dec 17, 1818 17
TOPLEY Mary Ann wife of John Apr 19 1819 18
GATES George Born Apr 18 1802 Nov 6 1829 27
GATES [BATES sic] H.H. Son of George Born Apr 15 1826 Jun 14 1826 1 mth
DAY Ann wife of Charles Jul 18 1847 62
DAY Samuel son of Charles and Ann Aug 13 1850 29
RIDE Rebecca dau of Anthony and Rebecca Apr 25 1835 7
RIDE Anthony father of Rebecca Jul 31 1849 65
RIDE Rebecca wife of Charles Apr 22 1860 71
BUTLER Abraham of Heage May 18 1818 60
BUTLER Elizabeth wife of Abraham May 28 1851 90
GILLOTT John Father of six Oct 2 1809 63
MOORE Frances wife of Samuel      
MOORE Ann dau of Frances and Sml      
MOORE Catherine dau of Frances and Sml      
CRESSWELL James   Aug 17 1822 57
ORME Stephen Son of Benj and Ruth Oct 12 1844 17
SMITH John Late of Alderwasley Nov 5 1808 75
SMITH Elizabeth Wife of Stephen Jan18 1820 84
CRESSWELL Thomas   Apr 24 1820 20
CRESSWELL Martha   Apr 24 1824 20
BOSTOCK Esther wife of Thos Sep 2 1831 31
BOSTOCK James son of Esther and Thos Aug 10 1831 5 Mths
BOSTOCK Hannah   Aug 4 1839 52
CRESSWELL Thomas   Dec 12 1811 44
WALTERS Sarah Wife of Enoch Oct. 9 1833 46
WALTERS Hannah dau of Enoch and Sarah Nov 8 1832 17
WHITFIELD John   Feb28 1834 38
CRESSWELL Martha   Aug 10 1845 75
ALLDREAD John son of John & Sydnea Allread Apr16 1852 23
ALLDREAD Sydnea mother of John Apr8 1853 56
ALLDREAD John husband of Sydnea May6 1862 67
ALLDREAD Thomas son of John and Sydnea June6 1865 42
ALLDREAD Sydnea Mary Infant dau of James and Rebecca, died at sea Jul 21 1904 6 mth
JACKSON Matilda Wife of George Jul 11 1936? 69
JACKSON George Husb of Matilda June 15 . 1845 75
NEWHAM Thomas Husb of Martha May 9 1820 75
NEWHAM Martha Wife of Thos Jan 2. 1822 77
HARRISON Patience wife of Abraham Jun/Jul 9 1800 31
HARRISON John Son of Abraham & Patience May 23 1801 10 Mth
PYM George son of Joseph and Sarah Oct 6 1840 4 1/2
PYM Sarah dau of Joseph and Sarah Nov 23 . 1850 7
HARRISON Abraham (Deacon of Church) Jul 16 1817 48
RICHARDSON Mary dau of John and Mary Oct 23 1859 11
BURTON Joanna   Nov 19. 1834 58
MELBOURNE Mary wife of William Melbourne Nov, 18- 1835 70
SIMPSON Elizabeth wife of James June 28 1805 38
BUXTON Ann wife of Charles Jan 9 1805 64
BUXTON Charles   Dec 29 . 1821 85
MEE Charlotte daughter of Charles and Ann Buxton Dec. 17 1858 76
MEE Matilda   May 4 1893 81
HARRISON Abraham   Jul 1 1814 68
HARRISON Mary wife of Abraham Mar 15 1829 80
LOMAS William late of Derby Jul 23 1811 73
BROADBENT Hannah wife of Revd Thos F.B. Broadbent Jan 31 1844i  
LEAM Ann   19 Dec 1851 49
HALL Samuel   June 23 1835 67
HARRISON Edith Cleghorn dau of Samuel and Sarah
Born 16. May, 1846
19 Jan 1849 2yr 8mth
HARRISON Hannah Thirza daug of Isaac and Thirza
Born -.12 Apr, 1832
17 Jul. 1849 17
HARRISON Edith dau of Samuel and Hannah
Born 21 Sep 1819
22 Jan 1838 17
HARRISON Samuel   Jul 23 1856 66
RYDE Thomas husb of Hannah Born Jul 8 17989 Jan. 14 1855  
RYDE George son of Thos and Hannah
born Feb 28 1835
Aug 22 1836 6 mths
RYDE Hugh son of Thos and Hannah
born May 30 1833
Nov. 26 1850 17
RYDE David son of Thos and Hannah
Born Sep'. 23 1840
June 16 18---.  
RYDE Stillborn infant of Thos and Hannah Jul 15 1845  
BARNES Samuel   Sep 8 1841 62
BARNES Ann wife of Samuel Dec 6 1836 65
BARNES Thomas John grandson of Ann and Samuel June 11 1840 2yr10 mth
BARNES Joseph grandson of Ann and Samuel Nov 2 1841 1 yr11 mth
BROWN Thomas late of Thacker Chase, Heage Mar 12 1843 82
BROWN Alice wife of Thomas Jul 13 1859 91
BROWN Henry son of Thos and Alice Dec14 1816 17
COATES Richard   Aug 5 1839 65
COATES Sarah wife of Richard Sep 23 1855 74
HOLMES Alice dau of Sauel and Alice Nov 18 1840 3 yr10 Mth
ROBINSON Ann dau of Edward and Eliz May 14 1841 14
ROBINSON Edward son of Edward and Eliz Dec. 10 1838 3yr10 mth
CAREY Hannah wife of Francis Aug 2 1850 52
CAREY Ann dau of Hannah & Francis Carey Jun 7 1841 2 1/2
CAREY Sarah dau of Hannah and Francis Dec 1 1841 infant
BRIDGES Lucy wife of Richard Feb 10 1841 90
MELLOR Martha wife of Henry Apr 1 1842 42
TOMLINSON William son of John and Mary Apr 21 1839 16
TOMLINSON John son of John and Mary Sep 1 1839 1 yr 5 mth.
RICE Martha wife of John of Bargate Dec 29 1811 50
RICE Thomas Richfield Rice (son?) Jan 29 1828 30
RICE Eliza dau of John and Martha Mar 21 1829 25
BOOTH Hannah dau of John and Sarah Aug 24 1825 25
BOOTH Mary Snr. Aug 8 1829 51
BOOTH John Snr., Mary's son? She was aged 51 Jan 1st 1829 8 Days
NEEDHAM Hannah dau of Francis and Mary May 9.. 1812 16 wks
NEEDHAM William son of Francis and Mary Apr 4 1815 7 wks
NEEDHAM Phoebe dau of Francis and Mary May l 1818 18 wks
HARRISON Ellen wife of Samuel Apr 7 1818 33
HARRISON Lydia daug of Samuel and Ellen     infant
HARRISON Mary daug of Samuel and Ellen     infant
HARRISON Leah wife of Samuel Dec 24 1839 64
WILDBROOD Ann dau of Samuel Harrison Aug 17 1842 29
HARRISON Samuel husb of Ellen and Leah May 3 1863 81
HARRISON Abrahm Newham son of John and Martha of Lawn Hill Mar 2 1821 8 mth
HARRISON Nathaniel son of John and Martha of Lawn Hill Mar 14 1825 11
HARRISON John son of John and Martha of Lawn Hill Nov 3 1825 20
HARRISON Patience dau of John and Martha of Lawn Hill Dec 7 1831 13
HARRISON Martha Obery dau of John and Martha of Lawn Hill Sep 9 1842 26
HARRISON Emma dau of Wm and Eliz Mar 28 1813 10 wks
HARRISON Salome dau of Wm and Eliz Sep. 24 1814 14 wks
HARRISON Hannah Mary z dau of Wm and Eli Jul 12 1829 7 wks
HARRISON Elizabeth dau of Wm and Eliz Jan 5 1832 5 wks
JOHNSON John     1842 67
JOHNSON Mary dau of John and Ann   1803 22 Wks
JOHNSON Susannah dau of John and Ann Apr 21 1821 17
JOHNSON --- wife of Thos Harrison,
daughter of John and Ann
Mar 4 1835  
 

These Memorial Inscriptions appear by kind permission of the Derbyshire Family History Society. Their website is located HERE. Books, fiches and other materials on Belper, as well as other Derbyshire districts, may be obtained from the Society.

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