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Bethel Methodist Church, Ripley
Bethel Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Derby Road,
Ripley, 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 1864, but we understand it was closed in 1966, and the premises are now in secular use.

"After a mission in 1864, a Church was also built at Green Hillocks, and called Bethel". [Source: Ripley Methodist Church website]

Bethel Chapel, described as "Free United Methodist" on Maps of 1900, was on the west side of Derby Road, a short distance south of its junction with Brook Lane. It is still shown with a "+" on my Derbyshire Street Atlas of 1995, but in the present day it appears to have been taken over by a secular organisation. It is a single storey pebble-dashed building with the long side, which has a door and 5 windows, facing the road. The south gable appears to have had a plaque on it, now damaged, or defaced.

Its closure (as "Bethel Chapel, Ripley") was recorded in The London Gazette of 11th March 1966 (p.2749) in a list of buildings which "have wholly ceased to be used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were certified"... Its original certification (presumably for marriages) was dated 14th May 1901.

Possibly, as it is marked on Old Maps after 1966 as a place of worship, it was occupied by another congregation after that. This may have been a Kingdom Hall, which existed at "Derby Road, Marehay, Ripley" for notices published in the Gazette on 15th October 1979 (p.12913) when it was registered for marriages, and 16th January 1998 (p.566) for its closure.

Denomination

Now or formerly Free/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 was located at OS grid reference SK3997249491. 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 14 Dec 2013 at 09:52.

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This Report was created 23 Aug 2017 - 05:26:17 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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