Anglican Church

St. John the Baptist Church

St. John the Baptist, Bamford with Derwent Church, Main Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire.

St. John the Baptist Church
Bamford Anglican Church dedicated to St John the Baptist is unique in Derbyshire, being the only church in the county by the renowned gothic architect, William Butterfield, who designed many churches and chapels notably St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne Australia, Keble College Oxford and Rugby School.
The Church is delicate and slender.  Seen from the outside the spire reaches high into the sky and inside there is a feeling of great space and airiness; the long chancel being slightly non rectangular to increase the impression of length.  The décor and furniture were all designed by Butterfield giving a harmonious feeling to the building.Built in 1860 by the Moore family, who owned Bamford Mill, the church still has a direct descendant of the Moores as its patron.  Originally the Parish Church of the village, it became St John the Baptist, Bamford with Derwent when the Derwent dams were built and Derwent and Ashopton villages submerged in the 1940s; then in 1999 Bamford became part of a joint benefice with Hathersage; in 2007 the benefice was further expanded to include Grindleford.

The Benefice is currently in "vacancy" - there is no minister in post.  Consequently, service patterns may change at short notice. The Church notice board and Bamford News have week by week details.

Normally, on the first Sunday each month we have a "First Sunday Service" which is a simple, relaxed time starting at 10.45 am with coffee and cake; the service begins at 11.00 am. First Sunday Services have a theme and often involve some interactive input. On second and fourth Sundays, Holy Communion and/or Morning Worship start at 11.00 am. On the third Sunday of the month, the Anglicans often join with the Methodists to share worship at Bamford Methodist Church. The fifth Sunday of any month is when the Benefice gets together for an 10.00 am service whether in Bamford, Hathersage or Grindleford; we also worship together at our patronal festivals.

The Church in the village
The Church plays an important part in village life with the usual special services for Remembrance,
Mothering Sunday, Harvest and Christmas but in addition there are services at the times of Carnival and Sheepdog Trials. Sharing with the other Christian groups, Roman Catholic, Quakers and Methodists is growing all the time through the Christians Together in Bamford initiative. We have joint worship several times in the year and the Churches work together for the open air gatherings: Christmas Eve carol singing and Blessing of the Crib, and the Well Blessing in Carnival week. We host many visiting campanologists (bell ringers!), as we had new bells and a bell frame fitted for the Millennium celebrations. There is a ring of 6 bells, fairly light since the steeple is slender. They are rung every Sunday and on special occasions. Practice night is Wednesday at 7.30 pm. There is a dedicated team of ringers who are always willing to share their enthusiasm and expertise with others.

From the hills all around, Butterfield’s Church stands out in the centre of the village, rising well above all the other buildings; a reminder of the central importance of faith and spirituality in today’s materialistic culture.


Protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of us all, whether they are in the communities in which we live or part of our Christian family.  To report a safeguarding concern, please contact Derby Diocese or our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Pat Brunskill (details below). 


Priest in Charge:Vacancy
Reader:            Roger Mather: or 01433 651795
Wardens:    Roger Mather: or 01433 651795
Carol Cotton: or 01433 650977
Bells:Pam Willetts
Parish Safeguarding Officer:Pat Brunskill: or 01433 650266