Matlock Bath

Chapel of St John the Baptist


This remarkable private chapel was built by the redoubtable Mrs Harris just over a hundred years ago to the designs of the leading Arts and Crafts architect Sir Guy Dawber, one of the founders of the CPRE. She assembled a glittering array of artists to realise her dream led by Louis Davis for the glass at the east end and George Bankart for the barrel-vaulted plaster ceiling (do notice the birds flying across the ceiling). The chapel was built over a well which can be picked out on the roadside.

The Friends have undertaken a programme of repairs which included the rebuilding of Dawber’s gates into the churchyard and the cleaning and repair of the chandeliers.

Visitor Info


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    Church open.

  • Caution

    Can visitors please keep children and dogs away from the edge of the churchyard where there is a long drop to the road.


Read our member, Mike Higginbottom's, blog about a visit to the Chapel.

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Read our member, Mike Higginbottom's, blog about a visit to the Chapel.