Assembly of God Church, Alfreton, Derbyshire, October 2019

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HughieD

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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:

48964779117_338a4f9636_b.jpgimg3827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Really loved this room with its vintage posters:

48964778512_fc09b6b825_b.jpgimg3831 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Creepers at the window:

48965976103_c1254492b4_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And paint supplies:

48964777422_0abd9200a7_b.jpgimg3834 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964775442_95dcce7f44_b.jpgimg3839 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Up-stairs and there’s some serious decay:

48964044728_724531e9d6_b.jpgimg3843 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48965975063_3851f8a42b_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And lovely wallpaper:

48964041663_82690ea36e_b.jpgimg3852 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964041038_2e0e49b435_b.jpgimg3853 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964039303_cff123f94e_b.jpgimg3855 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964038558_8639d42bd6_b.jpgimg3858 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48966521226_48be58b6ed_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964587821_37f34f9ecc_b.jpgimg3865 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964037278_d143d81fa5_b.jpgimg3861 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48965974008_8ac94db1f7_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964036713_e4e1a4eaf2_b.jpgimg3863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48966519996_05b899a79b_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48966519681_e339e7e09c_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964586851_c107873d46_b.jpgimg3867 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969232097_0289735525_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And this one:

48964763042_6f1dcf2712_b.jpgimg3868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969051446_e56dc1acb0_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 30 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964032888_8a73f027a7_b.jpgimg3870 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964032123_b03e3f4c45_b.jpgimg3872bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48969230502_316a7e617b_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 27 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the third room:

48964583046_ea942a67c3_b.jpgimg3874 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969049566_216a6797b1_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 33 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969226927_c613d6ae48_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 34 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Back downstairs:

48968506143_d419880b15_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 37 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964579776_d11cb5f5e9_b.jpgimg3879 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964579141_8ff7a51568_b.jpgimg3880 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964755687_d8ec24e899_b.jpgimg3882 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964025118_db3e44b7ac_b.jpgimg3886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969046416_5f5ea6597e_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 40 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969043851_932c9af756_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 44 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969043311_eea0cc69ab_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 45 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And finally, the ante room off to the side:

48969223747_92a93c607d_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 41 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48968503203_b0d49e465f_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 42 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

Hugh Jorgan

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

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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:

48964779117_338a4f9636_b.jpgimg3827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Really loved this room with its vintage posters:

48964778512_fc09b6b825_b.jpgimg3831 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Creepers at the window:

48965976103_c1254492b4_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And paint supplies:

48964777422_0abd9200a7_b.jpgimg3834 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964775442_95dcce7f44_b.jpgimg3839 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Up-stairs and there’s some serious decay:

48964044728_724531e9d6_b.jpgimg3843 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48965975063_3851f8a42b_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And lovely wallpaper:

48964041663_82690ea36e_b.jpgimg3852 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964041038_2e0e49b435_b.jpgimg3853 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964039303_cff123f94e_b.jpgimg3855 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964038558_8639d42bd6_b.jpgimg3858 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48966521226_48be58b6ed_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964587821_37f34f9ecc_b.jpgimg3865 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964037278_d143d81fa5_b.jpgimg3861 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48965974008_8ac94db1f7_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964036713_e4e1a4eaf2_b.jpgimg3863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48966519996_05b899a79b_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48966519681_e339e7e09c_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964586851_c107873d46_b.jpgimg3867 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969232097_0289735525_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And this one:

48964763042_6f1dcf2712_b.jpgimg3868 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969051446_e56dc1acb0_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 30 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964032888_8a73f027a7_b.jpgimg3870 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964032123_b03e3f4c45_b.jpgimg3872bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48969230502_316a7e617b_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 27 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the third room:

48964583046_ea942a67c3_b.jpgimg3874 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969049566_216a6797b1_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 33 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969226927_c613d6ae48_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 34 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Back downstairs:

48968506143_d419880b15_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 37 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964579776_d11cb5f5e9_b.jpgimg3879 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964579141_8ff7a51568_b.jpgimg3880 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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

48964755687_d8ec24e899_b.jpgimg3882 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48964025118_db3e44b7ac_b.jpgimg3886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969046416_5f5ea6597e_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 40 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969043851_932c9af756_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 44 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48969043311_eea0cc69ab_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 45 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And finally, the ante room off to the side:

48969223747_92a93c607d_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 41 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48968503203_b0d49e465f_b.jpgDerbyshire Church 42 by HughieDW, on Flickr

great set 10/10
 

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