All Saints, Ashborne

Published 18th of September 2018

23 Belle Vue Road, Ashbourne DE6 1AT

Clergy: Rev. Fr. J. Guest; Rev. Mr. K. Bunyan, deacon.

Telephone contact: 01335 342236

E-mail contact:

Mass timings: Sunday, 9.30; Holy days, 19.30.

Confessions: by appointment.

Safeguarding representative: Mrs. Z. Roscoe.

History: A notable recusant area, Ashbourne was served by Catholic priests on the English Mission, prior to restoration of the Catholic bishops in 1850. By the mid-nineteenth century, Ashbourne had a resident priest in Fr. Mulholland, before the care of the Mission was given over to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who moved to Oscott in 1849, but continued to serve in Derbyshire until 1852. After them came the Passionists, working out of Oakamoor. From 1853, Ashbourne was served by the diocesan clergy, the first being Fr. R. Raby. The present church was built in 1888, using funds raised by Fr. J. O'Haire, a former missionary in South Africa, who preached sermons around the country to collect money for the building. In 1931, the church was gifted with a statue of the local martyr, S. Ralph Sherwin of Rodsley(d. 1581), who was canonised by HH Paul VI in 1970.

Source: Canon A. P. Dolan, Good News for the East Midlands: an account of the background to, and the story of, the Diocese of Nottingham, pp. 44-45.