Derbyshire Places of Worship

Buxton Methodist Church ('Wesley Chapel'), Buxton (31k) Above Photograph(s)
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Buxton Methodist Church ('Wesley Chapel'), Buxton
Buxton Methodist Church ('Wesley Chapel'),
Chapel Street, SK17 6HX,
Buxton, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel does NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded about 1797, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/450/1/2/4) for "Wesley Chapel" in the parish of Buxton, district of Chapel en le Frith ("Macclesfield" crossed out) describes a separate building, erected in 1849 used exclusively as a place of worship by a Wesleyan Methodist congregation. It had free seating for 118, and 310 "other" sittings; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 88 in the morning, and 173 in the evening, with 78 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. The average attendance to services in the previous 12 months was almost twice this, being 160 in the morning, and 240 in the afternoon, although Sunday School attendance was almost the same. The return was completed by John Clayton, Chapel Steward, who gave his address as "Terrace Road, Buxton".

This was a rebuild of an earlier Chapel, dating from around 1797, which stood on Smithy Hill. It is described in Bulmer's Directory of 1895 as "a substantial building of cut freestone, strongly buttressed and surrounded by a parapet which terminates at the front gable in a bell turret ... the chapel is arranged in the nave and aisle fashion, and has a chancel separated by a pointed arch, resting on circular decorated pillars, with sculptured capitals in floral design".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 10th April 1868 (p.2162) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Wesleyan Chapel, situated at Higher Buxton, in Buxton, in the parish of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, in the district of Chapel-en-le-Frith, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 3rd day of April, 1868, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 4th April 1868.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide records it as "Wesley Methodist Chapel, Higher Buxton", and includes records of baptisms, 1901-1966 (no marriages); mentioning also that it was built in 1849, and merged with London Road Methodist Church (formerly Primitive Methodist) in 1966.

There are old photographs, and an engraving of the original chapel on the Picture The Past website.

The following information about the Chapel has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] Designed by James Wilson of Bath, the present building dates from 1849, replacing a chapel of c.1797 which stood on Smithy Hill. Some materials from the earlier building, and timber from the race-course grandstand were used in its construction.

Inside are a pair of cups from a former Methodist Chapel at Brand Top (SK044685), Hartington Upper Quarter, each inscribed ‘Bran Top’; and Love-feast Cups, of white glazed pottery with gilt decoration, straight sided and with two handes, inscribed ‘Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, he shall never thirst’, and ‘The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life’.

Reference
Non Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire. Published by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England 1986. ISBN 0 11 300007 3.[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Wesleyan Methodist.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.

Maps

This Chapel is located at OS grid reference SK0571973157. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) is available as a "Freedom of Information" document from the website What Do They Know.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 25 Feb 2015 at 14:20.

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