Derbyshire Places of Worship

Ashford Methodist Chapel, Ashford in the Water (1) (38k) Ashford Methodist Chapel, Ashford in the Water (2) (36k) Above Photograph(s)
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Ashford Methodist Chapel, Ashford in the Water
Ashford Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Court Lane,
Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel 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 1830, but we understand it was closed in 1994, and the premises are now in secular use.

The date above the entrance to the present-day Methodist (Wesleyan) Chapel in Ashford indicates it was built in 1899. This was, however a replacement for an earlier Chapel. Old Maps prior to that date indicate a much smaller building, situated on the same site, which appears to have been integral with Chantry Cottage, as indeed it is today.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/9/14) for the place of worship in Ashford with a Wesleyan Methodist congregation describes a separate building, erected in 1830 with free seating for 45, and 48 "other" sittings, and used exclusively as a place of worship. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 27 in the afternoon, and 37 Sunday Scholars - no other services or classes. The return was completed by George Oldfield, the Chapel Steward, of "Geo. Oldfield & Co, Ashford Marble Works, Derbyshire".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 18th September 1900 (p.5775) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Wesleyan Methodist Church, situated at Court-lane, in the civil parish of Ashford, in the county of Derby, in the registration district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the twelfth day of September, 1900, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 13th September 1900.

According to a booklet available in the Church, entitled "Holy Trinity Church - Ashford-in-the-Water" published in 1996, the building was closed for worship in 1994, Accordingly, a notice of cancellation of the registration of "METHODIST CHAPEL Court Lane, Ashford" for marriages was published in The London Gazette of 2nd May 1995 (p.6354) in the following year.

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] This is a modern view of the old postcard of Chantry Cottage kindly provided by Moyra Burnett. The building attached can be seen more clearly here as the newer Ashford Methodist Chapel, which according to the date carved in the pediment just above the doorway dates from 1899.

This may not have been the only Methodist Chapel in Ashford, however as White's Directory of 1857 notes that ‘a neat Wesleyan chapel’ was built here in 1830. It also mentions that the Baptists have a chapel in Ashford Lane, ‘in which no service is at present performed’. This was as well as a Presbyterian chapel, founded by William Bagshawe in 1700, now demolished, but believed to have been in Buxton Road.

This photograph is taken from Holy Trinity Churchyard; the name of the Cottage derives from the Chantry House, built in 1257 by Griffin, son of a Welsh prince, for the saying of masses for his soul.[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 was located at OS grid reference SK1954569738. 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 16 Nov 2014 at 15:28.

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