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Creswell Methodist Church, Creswell, Elmton
Creswell Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Elmton Road,
Creswell, Elmton, 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 1904, but we understand it was closed by 2006, and the premises are now in secular use.

Kelly's Directory of 1912 records 3 Methodist Chapels in Creswell - a Wesleyan Methodist, erected in 1904, a Primitive Methodist, erected in 1908, and a United Methodist, which from another source is known to have been erected in 1896/7.

Old Maps show that the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built on the south side of Elmton Road, between Creswell Social Centre (then a Drill Hall), and the plot where the War Memorial now stands. Kelly records that it had seating for 500.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 21st August 1906 (p.5752) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Elmton-road, Creswell, in the civil parish of Elmton, in the county of Derby, in Worksop registration district, was, on the 17th August, 1906, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 18th August 1906.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide includes records of marriages for the period 1927-1961, with a note that it closed in 1964. A corresponding notice of closure of "METHODIST CHAPEL, Elmton Road, Creswell, Elmton" was published in the Gazette on 1st September 1964 (p.7452)

This was not the end of the story, however. The old Chapel was demolished, and a new building was erected, to be known as "Cresswell Methodist Church". A notice of its registration for marriages was published in the Gazette of 3rd May 1966 (p.5331). By this time, the other two Methodist Churches had closed, and (I assume) the new building served to welcome a combined congregation.

The DRO hold additional records (of minutes, accounts and marriages) for the period 1990-2004; but the building is now closed. A corresponding notice of cancellation of its registration was published in the Gazette of 20th November 2006; after which the building is believed to have been unused. It is, however still standing, and indeed an article published in the Worksop Guardian website on 17th April 2014 indicates there are plans to turn it into a Medical Centre by 2015.

There are photographs of the first building on the Picture The Past website; and of the second building accompanying the Worksop Guardian article.

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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK5225774145. 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 7 Dec 2014 at 13:40.

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