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DERBY CHURCHES -
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
St John the Evangelist, was for many years the centre for community life in Derby's old West End. Now the only surviving Commissioners' Church in Derby, it was consecrated in 1828, the first 'new' church in Derby to be consecrated since the Reformation.
Before the church was built the population of Derby had been expanding for sometime and the Bishop of Lichfield recognised that the town needed an additional church. At the time a fund had been set on one side by Parliament for church building, but subject to considerable restrictions.
The commissioners' paid £2,547 and £4,300 was raised by public subscription to build a church, on land that was given by the Hurt family whose town house was in Friar Gate. Francis Goodwin who was working on the County Jail, in Vernon Street at the time designed the church.
In design the church was somewhat similar to King's College Chapel, Cambridge. It was built to accommodate 1,200 - 1,300. with 650 free seats. In 1849, an attractive group of cottages of late Georgian style school buildings were erected in Mill Street and, five years later, a good-looking, stone-fronted vicarage in Vernon Street.
The church has a good musical tradition and the choir still lead Sunday services and also perform on special occasions. In addition the choir also visits other churches and cathedrals, including Liverpool, Durham and Blackburn Cathedrals.
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ST JOHN'S CHURCH BRIDGE STREET DERBY
Now the only surviving Commissioners' Church in Derby, it was consecrated in 1828, the first 'new' church in Derby to be consecrated since the Reformation.
WELCOME TO DERBY
A city of considerable character, surrounded by attractive countryside. With the Peak District National Park, the second most visited National Park in the world, only a few miles to the north and the National Forest a short distance away to the south.
This website is not just aimed at the visitor, but should also be of interest to local people. So be ready to:
* Explore the city with the illustrated heritage trails.
* Enjoy the neighbouring countryside with the detailed instructions and route maps.
* Discover fascinating facts about the history of the city.
On the 4 December 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army arrived in Derby, where an important decision in British history was made. On the previous day, the prince had been advised by his generals to withdraw and return to Scotland.
They were not happy being so far into enemy territory without the support of the English Jacobites, and the French.
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