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Central Methodist Church (formerly Zion Church), Clay Cross
Central Methodist Church (formerly Zion Church),
High Street, S45 9DZ,
Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) 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 1824, and we understand it is still open.

The site of today's Central Methodist Church is shown on Old Maps to have been occupied in 1878-1899 by a Methodist New Connexion Church, which by 1917 was a "U.M." (United Methodist) Chapel.

The Regenerating Clay Cross website confirms an earlier Chapel, erected in 1824. At that time, there was little development along the High Street (then called Chapel Street), and the Chapel occupied "an isolated spot to the east".

The Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/1/8/31) records "Zion Chapel", in "Clay Lane", erected in 1848, for a Methodist New Connexion congregation as a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship. There was free seating for 190, and 196 "other" sittings, and the average congregation was 70 to morning service, and 230 in the evening, so evidently some of them had to avail themselves of the standing space, of which there was room for 100! The return was completed by John Thelwall, a Lay Preacher, of Clay Cross. Though the description indicates a later building, this return appears to fit better than any of the other chapels in the town.

The Methodist New Connexion separated from Wesleyan Methodists in 1797, becoming part of United Methodist Church in 1907, so a chapel built as early as 1824 is certainly possible, so perhaps the date of 1848 is of a refurbishment.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide includes records of baptisms at "High Street United Methodist Church" for the period 1866-1964.

It would appear that the Central Methodist Church replaced Zion Chapel around 1964. The DRO hold records of baptisms there for the period 1964-1997.

A small burial ground, behind the Chapel, is shown on Old Maps of 1878-1881.

Denomination

Now or formerly New Connexion/United 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 is located at OS grid reference SK3920763285. 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 2 Oct 2013 at 17:06.

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This Report was created 31 Oct 2017 - 12:03:19 GMT 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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