Derbyshire Places of Worship

Two Dales Methodist Chapel, Darley Dale (36k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Two Dales Methodist Chapel, Darley Dale
Two Dales Methodist Chapel,
Chesterfield Road, DE4 2EZ,
Darley Dale, Derbyshire.


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 in 1827, but we understand it was closed after 1904.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/6/12) describes a separate building, named as "Wesleyan Methodist", erected in "Twodales" in 1827, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 70, and 66 "other" sittings; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was "None" in the morning, 29 in the afternoon, and 22 in the evening. The average, said to be over the Summer months, was 45 in the afternoon, 40 in the evening, and 60 Sunday Scholars attending morning and afternoon classes. The return was completed by John Young, its Steward ["Superintendent" crossed out], who gave his address as "Darley, Nr. Matlock".

The building was replaced in 1904 by a new building in Dale Road - today's "Dale Road Methodist Church".

The following information about the Chapel has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] Kelly's Directory of 1895 reports on a Wesleyan Chapel at Two Dales, built in 1827, and information on the former Derbyshire Churches and Chapels website informed us that the present Methodist Church in Dale Road replaced an earlier Wesleyan Chapel, in Two Dales, so it seems highly probable this is it!

The Methodist Church was built in 1904, so presumably this building was closed for worship some time after that date. In more recent years, it has been used as a bakehouse, part of a thriving bakery business, and apparently (in 2010) this is still the case, as there is now a logo attached on the gable end nearest us which announces ‘Tig Bread’.[1]


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.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK2794262907. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie/Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 16 Jan 2015 at 14:09.

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