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Fundraising leaflet for Over Hackney Church & Sunday School, 1910

In early 1910 fundraising for a new Mission Church for Over Hackney began, led by the then Rector of St. Helen's, Rev. R. W. Whittington. It was considered that the churches of Matlock All Saints' and St. Helen's in Darley were too far away for general use[1]. Land had been given by James Walton of Warney Farm, who was one of the church wardens. This leaflet was designed to encourage donations from parishioners and others.

The foundation stone for the mission church was laid on Saturday 3 May 1913, in what was described as "drenching rain", by the Duke of Rutland. Bishop Abraham, the Bishop of Derby, and Rev. Whittington were in attendance[1]. A sealed bottle was placed In the cavity under the stone; it contained a copy of the Parish Magazine, a copy of the announcement of the laying of the stone, a shilling and a penny[2]. Tea, which would have undoubtedly have been very welcome after the downpour, was provided afterwards in the temporary mission room[1]. Mission services had been held in Mr. Bowler's joiner's shop for the previous four years, which was clearly not ideal.[2]. The church opened the following year[3].

Leaflet in the collection of, provided by and © Judy Cooper.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 5 May 1913. New Church Near Matlock.
[2] "Derbyshire Courier", 13 May 1913. Duke at Darley Dale. Foundation Stone Laying.
[3] "Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1932", kindly provided by Rosemary Lockie.

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