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Wesleyan Church (now Heritage Centre), Whaley Thorns, Bolsover
Wesleyan Church (now Heritage Centre),
West Street / Chapel Street, NG20 9BW,
Whaley Thorns, Bolsover, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church did 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 in 1894, but we understand it was closed by 2009.

The former Whaley Thorns Methodist Church is situated on the north-east corner of the junction of Chapel Street and West Street. It is built of brick, with a band of stone across the apex, joining the roof finials, which has an inscription - "Wesleyan Church" - on either side of which are carved the numbers '19' and '08'.

According to an account of Nonconformity in Bolsover, on the Victorian County Histories website, it replaced an earlier Chapel, opened in 1894, which thereafter became a Sunday School.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 13th January 1922 (p.388) recorded their combined registration for marriages:

A Separate Building/ duly certified for religious worship, named WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH AND SUNDAY SCHOOL, situated at Whaley Thorns, in the civil parish of Bolsover, in the county of Derby, in Chesterfield registration district, was, on the sixth January, 1922, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 9th January 1922.

I was unable to find a corresponding notice of cancellation, but as far as I can tell it is now (2014) closed. The above-mentioned VCH account doesn't mention closure, but it does say it was converted in 2007 to provide accomodation for the Whaley Thorns heritage centre. This can be seen on a Google StreetView drive-past of March 2009, as a sign over the entrance gateway reads "Langley & Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre", whilst at the same time, former Church notice boards are empty.

As an aside, Whaley Thorns belonged to the parish of Bolsover until 1924, when it was created a separate parish. Historically, however, it may have had closer ties with Nottinghamshire, as it is very close to the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border. Nearby places are the villages of Nether Langwith (Nottinghamshire) and Upper Langwith (Derbyshire); and today, its postal address is Mansfield (Nottinghamshire).

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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK5313471063. 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.
Last updated on 29 Nov 2014 at 14:58.

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This Report was created 22 Aug 2017 - 10:24:32 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jun 2017 at 08:14.

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