Derbyshire Places of Worship
Copyright of Alf Beard
Earl Sterndale Methodist Church, Earl Sterndale
Earl Sterndale Methodist Church,
Main Street, SK17 0BX,
Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire.
We believe the Church does 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.
This Place of Worship was founded in 1850, and we understand it is still open.
Kelly's Directory of 1932 records that the parish of Earl Sterndale was created in 1850 out of the whole of Hartington Middle Quarter and a portion of the Upper Quarter. Unfortunately, although its Methodist Chapel building dates from the same year, I have been unable to locate a return for it to the 1851 Religious Census. Hartington's Parish Church, and its own Chapel also appears to have been omitted, so perhaps there was some confusion as to where the return should be made.
The following notice in The London Gazette of 18th June 1907 (p.4190) does however record its registration for marriages:
A Separate Building, duly certified for religions worship, named WESLEYAN CHAPEL situated at Earl Sterndale, in the civil parish of Hartington Middle Quarter, in the county of Derby, in Bakewell registration district, was, on the thirteenth June, 1907, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 14th June 1907.
The following information about the Church 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] Travelling Methodist preachers arrived in Earl Sterndale in 1787, and
one of the first converts was Rowland HEATHCOTE, who provided
a meeting place at his farm for worshippers.
At his death in 1820, his Will (proved at London, 26th July 1821:
PRO Ref: PROB 11/1646) makes provision for the financing of the
Methodist ministry at Earl Sterndale:-
“I also give the interest of one hundred pounds to provide food
and Lodging for the preachers in connection with the old Methodists
conference so long as they shall continue to preach once in fourteen
days or thereabouts regularly in Earl Sterndale Derbyshire but if at
any time it shall so happen that a place for preaching is not provided
or the preachers shall refuse to preach at Sterndale then and
not till the place hath been given up for the space of one year without
being regularly supplied with preaching then if the people of Earl
Sterndale will not hear the Gospel or the Methodists refuse to
preach it then it is my will that the said one hundred
pounds be called in and given to the Treasurers of the Methodist
Missionary ffund for sending the Gospel into fforeign parts and may the
blessing of heaven make the word prosper”.
My thanks to Jennifer Blunt for kindly providing the above Will extract,
and a leaflet produced by the Earl Sterndale History Group for the
information about Rowland's conversion.
According to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire, (1986)
the present building dates from 1850.
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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK0906866964. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:
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A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:
1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.
Last updated on 12 Jan 2015 at 15:07.
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