This church is currently preserved by Volunteers with the Churches Conservation Trust and open every Saturday from 10:30am for a few hours.
Saint Werburgh was the daughter of King Wulfhere and Queen Ermenhilda of Mercia, born around 650. Whilst it was quite usual for the Kings' daughters of the age to become nuns, it was against her father's wishes for her to marry that she was finally allowed to enter Ely Abbey. In due course, she became its Abbess, and finally senior Abbess of all Mercia. She died on 3rd February in A.D. 700, and this day is now celebrated in the Church Calendar as her Feast Day.
There are understood to be 17 churches dedicated to her in England, two of which are in Derbyshire, at Blackwell by Alfreton, and Spondon. There are others in Dublin, Western Australia, in a village in Zimbabwe and Lady chapels in Chester and Lichfield Cathedrals.
The Derby City Church on Curzon Street was built as a Temperance Hall circa 1854, It was a dance hall in the 1950s but has been acquired by the Elim Pentacostal Church as a place of worship. The building is listed with British heritage as Grade II.
David BEVIS has a photograph of Derby City Church on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.
There is a monument in white marble in memory of Sarah Elizabeth WHINYATES, wife of Lieut. Col. Edward harles. WHINYATES, C.B. K.H, who died 28 April 1828 and was buried here on 7 May 1828. She was 37 years old at the time.