The Church
of the Annunciation



The Church of the Annunciation is a large and vibrant
community of the faithful situated near the heart of the town.

The church was originally founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
in 1854. It was designed by the architect Joseph Hansom
and is a Grade II listed building.

In 1840, the Jesuits founded Mount St Mary's College in Spinkhill.
From there they missioned to the local community.
In the 1850s they decided to build a church in Chesterfield.

Joseph Hansom was asked to design the church.
He designed numerous churches for the Jesuits,
such as Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph Church, Prescot,
the St Walburge's Church, Preston, St Joseph's Church, Leigh,
the Holy Name Church,
Manchester and St Aloysius Gonzaga Church, Oxford.

The Jesuit influence is visible in the church in the window immediately before the entrance to the Sacristy. It shows a priest saying Mass
before a group of Jesuits. Among those depicted are St Ignatius Loyola and St Francis Xavier.

In 1881, the current organ was installed, it was built by Henry Willis Senior of
Henry Willis & Sons.

At some point in the early to mid-20th century the administration of the parish was handed over by the Jesuits to the Diocese of Nottingham.

In 1980, Chesterfield and other parts of north Derbyshire became part
of the then newly created Diocese of Hallam who continue
to serve the parish.

December 2017 saw our newly refurbished church completed,
and the inauguration of the Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace
with the Church of the Holy Family.


Previous Parish Priests


Fr. T.M. Hill SJ - 1854 - 1855

Fr. W. Brindle SJ - 1856 - 1865

Fr. W. Lea SJ - 1866 - 1868

Fr. H. Birch SJ - 1868 - 1871

Fr. H. Everard SJ - 1871 - 1872

Fr. W. Cardwell SJ - 1872 - 1881

Fr. J. Splaine SJ - 1881 - 1887

Fr. T. Williams SJ - 1887 - 1889

Fr. J. Jackson SJ - 1889 - 1899

Fr. J. Ryan SJ - 1899 - 1902

Fr. W. Splaine SJ - 1902 - 1911

Fr. P. Hassan SJ - 1911 - 1922

Fr. J. Corr SJ - 1922 - 1927

Fr. W. Ross SJ - 1927 - 1932

Fr. H. Wilson Dr - 1932 - 1944

Fr. E.H. Atkinson Canon - 1944 - 1951

Fr. L.J. Williamson Canon - 1951 - 1967

Fr. D. Ryan Canon - 1967 - 1985

Fr. S.P. Sullivan Mgr - 1985 - 1992

Fr. J. Metcalfe - 1992 - 1995

Fr. W.A. Burke - 1995 - 2004

Fr. M.G. McManus - 2005 - 2016

Fr. A.P.I. Tomlinson - 2016 -

Children's Liturgy

The Children's Liturgy offers children an insight
into the Sunday Gospel,
and encourages the children to live that Gospel
during the coming week.
We offer the Liturgy weekly, in term time,
during the 10.00am Sunday Mass.


Please consider joining our music ministry at the Annunciation.
We perform in a range of different styles, led by different musicians
on rotation, who each bring their own styles and expertise with them.

We rehearse on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the church,
and would really like new members, both to sing and/or
play an instrument.

Other Events

There is usually a Book Sale each month in the Parish Centre,
and a regular Jumble Sale.

There is also a Tuesday club for over 60’s
2.00pm – 4.00pm.

On Wednesdays we have Bingo 7.30 - 9.30pm.

Please see the News or What’s On pages for latest.