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Thread: Funerary Chapel, Staverley, Derbyshire, June 2019

  1. #1
    Join Date
    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Funerary Chapel, Staverley, Derbyshire, June 2019

    1. The History
    The short and tall of it is that I canít find any specific history about this little church. Searched high and wide but nothing came up on this delightful twin chapel at the east end of the graveyard in the north Derbyshire town of Staveley. Thereís very little history about the graveyard as a whole beyond that it was founded in 1884 and there are 25 Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) graves here; 11 from WW1 and 14 from WW2. It was under the supervision of the Rural District Council of Chesterfield, and by 1932 it had been increased in size from its initial 3.5 acres to 7 acres. Old Maps show two mortuary chapels, one for Church of England, and the other for Non-conformists.

    2. The Explore
    Purely a speculative explore of the back of a picture that came up on Flicker. As I was passing close by, thought Iíd pop in and see what was there. Glad I did as this turned out to be an absolute gem of a place. There are two separate chapels either side of the central tower Ė one labelled Gentlemen, the other Ladies. The gentlemanís side was accessible and still have some chapel furniture in. It was only a single room with a store cupboard off to the side but this place was so peaceful and really atmospheric.

    3. The Pictures

    View from the approach road:

    img1422 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Staverley 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ladies side:

    img1417 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1415 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Staverley 18 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Currently closed off so a peek through the door:

    Staverley 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Central tower/spire:

    img1409 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Gentlemanís side:

    img1407 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1392 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Central altar:

    Staverley 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1390 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Stained glass windows:

    Staverley 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Staverley 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1400 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img1399 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Detail of some of the cast-iron railings:

    Staverley 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The original pews:

    img1385 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Staverley 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The roof:

    Staverley 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Door that leads to the central recess and the Ladiesí side:

    Staverley 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Which is sealed up:

    Staverley 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Answers on a postcard as to what this is or was:

    Staverley 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Enchanting little place:

    Staverley 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Staverley 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: cryptwitches, etc100, Hugh Jorgan, KPUrban_, Mearing, Mikeymutt, noiseboy72, Romford Reject, Sabtr, smiler, The Archivist, theartist, tony willett
  4. #2
    Join Date
    March 2011
    Bristol, Mid-Wales & Sussex


    Interesting. Were there also toilets in this building? The reason I ask is that I can't think of any example of chapels being segregated by sex. Normally cemeteries would have two chapels, one being Anglican and the other Non-conformist.

  5. Thanks given by: HughieD
  6. #3
    Join Date
    September 2005
    Bristol, UK.


    This design of chapel is almost identical to one that I had a lease to a few years back. There would have been outdoor toilets on the back corners of the central tower, this is what the signs probably refer to. The chapels themselves would indeed have been split between Anglican and Non-con.

  7. #4
    Join Date
    April 2008


    Lovely building that. Mind you, that car parking is just shocking!
    The handle thingy is a pump - you see them at the base of access shafts into ROC posts and fixed to the wall. I've no idea why it's attached to bracketry and tin plate. Dirus will come along and tell us the name of those pumps (My mind fails me!).

  8. #5
    Join Date
    June 2014


    Thats lovely again HD nicely done.
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

  9. Thanks given by: HughieD
  10. #6
    Join Date
    February 2008
    Rawdon Leeds


    Cheers Sausage - The pump is a bog standard rotary lift pump and I suspect it has been modified into a dosing pump. Ground water in cemeteries can become a bit contaminated and I think this pump was used to dose 'scent' or disinfectant into water being pumped out of the diggings. There again the tin can may be just a means of holding water to keep the pump primed as the 'waste water' was completely removed from the diggings. Obviously hand made to do a needed/vital job.

  11. Thanks given by: Sabtr

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