Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Reform Church, Birchover
Wesleyan Reform Church   [no longer registered]
Main Street,
Birchover, Derbyshire.


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 1857, but we understand it was closed by 2011, and the premises are now in secular use.

This building shows the typical layout a chapel built into a hillside; it has two stories, with the main entrance on the higher ground level, into the upper floor. There are pointed arched windows in the upper floor, whilst the ones below are the more traditional square-headed design, indicating that the ground floor below may have been a schoolroom.

There is a plaque above the entrance porch, which though eroded, may have said "Wesleyan Reform Church". The date of foundation, of is provided in Kelly's Directory of 1895.

As the other Wesleyan Reform Chapels in the Stanton area are accounted for, the following notice in The London Gazette of 1st April 1910 (p.2282) may possibly relate to this building:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named WESLEYAN REFORM CHURCH, situated at Stanton Hill Side, in the civil parish of Stanton, in the county of Derby, in Bakewell registration district, was, on the 29th March, 1910, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 30th March 1910.

Kelly's Directories include the name "Stanton Hill Side" with Stanton in Peak parish, recording it as part of Birchover Street, but I have been unable to find either labelled specifically on Old Maps. Is it too fanciful to assume that "Birchover Street" referred to the main street through Birchover? If so, this chapel would fit the description.

It is still listed (as "Wesleyan Reform Church, Birchover") in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010), and still marked as a Wesleyan Reform Church on Google Maps; but it has, nevertheless, every appearance of being closed, and indeed, an application of 1st February 2011 [NP/DDD/0211/0075] on the Peak District National Park website records planning permission being sought to convert it into a holiday cottage.

A photograph: Wesleyan Reform Church, Birchover is available on the Geograph website. A note with the photograph says it was built in 1851, and rebuilt in 1908, but the page on Birchover on the Discover Derbyshire and the Peak District confirms 1857.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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


This Church was located at OS grid reference SK2399362180. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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 13 Jan 2015 at 10:36.

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