Derbyshire Places of Worship

Elton Methodist ("Bethel") Church, Elton (34k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Janet Kirk
Elton Methodist ("Bethel") Church, Elton
Elton Methodist ("Bethel") Church,
West End (south side), DE4 2BZ,
Elton, 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 1843, but we understand it was closed after 1995.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/2/8) for the "Primitive Methodist Chapel" in "Elton Township, Parish of Youlgreave" describes a separate building erected in 1843 used exclusively as a place of worship by a "Primitive Methodist Connexion" congregation, "Enrolled in Chancery". It had free seating for 54, 40 "other" sittings, and standing room for "20 persons"; and an estimated congregation on March 30th of 30 in the afternoon and 60 in the evening, with 16 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class, with the same figures said to be "thro' out the year". The return was completed by Adolphus Frederick Beckerlegge, Conference Minister, of "Winster, Matlock Bath, Derbyr." He added further remarks to the effect that the [Sunday School] "Class Meeting [was] for Christian religious experiences, praise and prayer"; and the return was for "Elton in the Winster Circuit".

On Old Maps of 1976, it is labelled as "Bethel Methodist Church". No announcements have been found in The London Gazette relating to its registration for marriages, or its closure, but as of a Google StreetView drive-past of 2011, it has every appearance of being no longer in use.

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] Elton Methodist Church (formerly Primitive Methodist) dates from 1843. It is situated by the side of the main road, at the Middleton-by-Youlgreave end of the village.

Please note: it seems likely it is now (2010) closed for worship. It was however shown as still open on our OS Derbyshire Street Atlas of 1995, along with the former Wesleyan Chapel of 1852, off Moor Lane.[1]

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 SK2206660946. 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.

Acknowledgements

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

1. Information provided by Janet Kirk/Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 15 Jan 2015 at 10:54.

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