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Somercotes Hill Methodist Church, Somercotes
Somercotes Hill Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Somercotes Hill, DE55 4JS,
Somercotes, 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 1898, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 says Somercotes Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1898, and had 250 sittings. It was a replacement for an earlier Chapel, in Lower Somercotes, built in 1839, for which see the separate entry in this database.

The first chapel is shown on Old Maps of 1884, later Maps show only the "younger" chapel. It was first built close to the road, but was demolished, possibly in the 1960s, and replaced by the present building, set further back on the same site. The latter closed sometime between 2005 and 2010, as a consequence of needing repairs, and a dwindling, mostly elderly congregation.

There is a small, rectangular building to the right of the 1960s building - this is all that survives of the 1898 chapel. It is faced with stucco, with an entrance door, and a single pointed arched window at the front, now blocked. It was in use until a few years ago by the Funeral Directors who took over the premises, as a mortuary chapel. The same funeral directors now occupy the site where the Wesley Church stood on Nottingham Road/Mill Street.

The premises were approved for marriages, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 16th November 1900 (p.7049) indicates:

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

Note: Nottingham Road is either in error, or it continued further to the east at that time, as there appears to be no other chapel the announcement could apply to. [Other Source: Peter & Janet Kirk]

Denomination

Now or formerly Primitive 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 SK4259253582. 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 19 Oct 2013 at 15:43.

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This Report was created 8 Aug 2017 - 08:15:09 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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