Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Central ("Middle") Methodist Church (Demolished), Stanley Common
Central ("Middle") Methodist Church (Demolished),
Belper Road (north side),
Stanley Common, 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 1835, but we understand it was closed in 1966.

This was one of two Methodist Chapels on Stanley Common. It is shown on OS Maps, for instance OS 1901 1:10,560 situated next to a long straight path pointing north, today called "Rope Walk". Further east there was a Brick Works, by then marked as unused. Evidence of latter is retained in the modern street name of "The Brickyard". OS 1881 1:2,500 records it as Wesleyan Methodist, so presumably this was the Central Methodist Chapel referred to in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide as Wesleyan Methodist, rebuilt in 1886, and closed in 1966.

The WSSM Churches Together website records it as the first be built at Stanley Common - "situated just to the west of the Ropewalk... opened in 1835, was rebuilt in 1866 and closed in 1966". Their account refers to it as "Middle Chapel", as distinct from "Bottom Chapel" (Primitive Methodist), and "Top Chapel", situated near the boundary of Stanley Common and Smalley Common (at the extreme west of the village).

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/444/5/7/19) confirms that "Stanley Common Chapel" was built in 1835 for a Wesleyan Methodist congregation as a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 112, and 36 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 45 at afternoon service. The return was completed by Robert Baxhill, who described himself as "Leader & Trustee", and who lived at Stanley Common.

The building has now been demolished, and the plot where it stood is occupied by 2 modern houses. In fact the whole surrounding area appears to be taken up with housing of varying ages. Some of it is likewise new, but some has the appearance of dating back to the late 19th century - possibly occupied by workers in the Brick Works!

The next landmark along the road (A609) in a (south) easterly direction is the Bateman Arms public house, which still standing.

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 SK4173142179. 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 30 Oct 2014 at 14:40.

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This Report was created 9 Oct 2017 - 14:08:13 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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