Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Shardlow Methodist Chapel, Shardlow
Shardlow Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
The Wharf,
Shardlow, 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 before 1851, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

This former Chapel is set in what is now a "picture postcard" location, by the side of "The Wharf", which runs alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal. However it must have been anything but "picture postcard" when it was built originally, adjacent to a working canal, in a village described in 1838 (when St James's Church was built) as "the largest inland port in the country"!

All that can be seen of it from the road is a gable end, as it is surrounded by, and integral with other buildings. It can be identified by a plaque which reads: "Wesleyan / Methodist / Chapel / 1859". Kelly's Directory of 1895 says it was built in 1829, and had 200 sittings but it is not recorded on the Religious Census of 1851. The return does however record a School Room with a Wesleyan Methodist congregation (HO 129/444/2/7/18), with seating for 70, and an estimated congregation of 50 in the evening of March 30th, so perhaps this was its forerunner - according to White's Directory of 1857, a school in Shardlow dates from 1810. The return was completed by Sampson Massey, its Steward, of "Swarkeston Near Derby".

In fact, Kelly was correct (more or less) about the date of the actual building, as according to an account of a guided walk around Shardlow in June 2008 by the Leicestershire Industrial History Society, the Chapel was built originally for a society of Baptists, and was taken over by the Wesleyan Methodists. The corresponding return for the Baptist Chapel in Shardlow (HO 129/444/3/2/7), says it was built in 1830.

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 SK4442530536. 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 21 Sep 2013 at 16:06.

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This Report was created 25 Sep 2017 - 03:23:25 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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