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Thread: Assembly of God Church, Alfreton, Derbyshire, October 2019

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    Default Assembly of God Church, Alfreton, Derbyshire, October 2019


    1. The History
    Very little history I can find on this place. Originally the building appears to have been an18th century manor house. It was then, at some point, converted into a Pentecostal Assembly of God church. Due to the lack of info on the place it’s hard to pin down when it ceased to function as a place of worship. The last reference I could find was 2013. Although, in places, it looks like it’s been left longer than that. But whatever its story, this was a really special place to explore.

    2. The Explore
    It was a really, really wet day. To the point that I nearly bailed. Having successfully visited a nearby site myself and @Bikin Glynn moved on to this place. I’d been past it a few times, but it was only when I saw @_motionlessinmike and his recent report that I put two and two together. The place has obviously been empty for some time, but it is in very good condition. It’s in a very exposed position and entry was reasonably difficult and, erm, exposed. Even when we were in we were very conscious of being seen. But wow. What a place. It’s a really maze with many rooms over three floors. And no fewer than five pianos and organs. Overall, a fantastic place.

    3. The Pictures

    First room we came to was panelled:

    img3827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Really loved this room with its vintage posters:

    img3831 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Creepers at the window:



    Derbyshire Church 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And paint supplies:

    img3834 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In the next room was an old free-standing bath and a dodgy floor:

    img3839 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Up-stairs and there’s some serious decay:

    img3843 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And lovely wallpaper:

    img3852 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Then down, along and up to this gem of a room.

    img3853 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3855 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3858 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the first of three rooms of worship on the first floor:

    img3865 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3861 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Genuinely surprised piano tuning came in at only 16 in 1980/81:

    img3863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The room next door had this beaut of a piano in it:

    img3867 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And this one:

    img3868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 30 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3870 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3872bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    He died on the cross for our sins, you know?

    Derbyshire Church 27 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And on to the third room:

    img3874 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 33 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 34 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Back downstairs:

    Derbyshire Church 37 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3879 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3880 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And into the main room of worship which was in complete darkness:

    img3882 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 40 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 44 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 45 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And finally, the ante room off to the side:

    Derbyshire Church 41 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Derbyshire Church 42 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    A nice church with a lot of interesting features. Needs a little repair but it's not bad. I like those blue and white enamel pails.
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    That's a cracking find Hugh, a few nice bygones left behind all of little value, but nice to see, Nice One, Thanks
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    Great stuff, as usual :)

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    Lovely derp! You've captured some really nice details there. Thanks for sharing!
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