Derbyshire Places of Worship

Wesley Methodist Chapel (now Village Hall), Elton (52k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Janet Kirk
Wesley Methodist Chapel (now Village Hall), Elton
Wesley Methodist Chapel (now Village Hall),
West End (north side), DE4 2BZ,
Elton, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

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 1831, but we understand it was closed by 1982.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/2/7) describes the "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel" in Youlgreave, "Township of Elton, Town Street", which was erected "in 1831 on ground procured for the purpose not previously occupied for that purpose" as a "Chapel over Sunday School", used "exclusively for place of worship with Sunday School underneath". It was 27 feet by 16 feet, and had free seating for 70, and 32 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation in the evening of March 30th was 60 in the evening, with no other services. In comparison, the average figures were 10 in the afternoon and 55 in the evening, with 40 Sunday Scholars attending an afternoon class.

The return was completed by Joseph Lygo, who described himself as "Chapel Steward and Trustee", and "School Master & Shop Keeper, Elton, Matlock, Derbyshire". In the section of the form devoted to "Official Character", he named "Revd. Raynor, Wesleyan Minister in the Bakewell Circuit". He also added that the Chapel Room is made over to the Wesleyan Methodist Connection and Enrolled in Chancery". And the disparate figures for the average, in comparison with estimated were explained as "Services every Sunday evening and every alternate Sunday afternoon". Mr Lygo would appear to have been very proud of his Chapel, and I believe it is good for the historical record that he found time to write so much about it.

Continuing in the tradition, the following notice in The London Gazette of 9th February 1954 (p.877) recorded its registration for marriages:

A building certified for worship named WESLEY METHODIST CHAPEL, ELTON, in the registration district of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, was on 3rd February, 1954, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949. Dated 6th February 1954.

A corresponding notice, that "WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH, Elton" was no longer used as a place of worship was published in the Gazette of 24th February 1983 (p.2729), though it had already closed by then, as (according to a sign on the building itself) it became Elton Village Hall in 1982.

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] This former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel is situated close to All Saints Church, and is now the Village Hall.

An old stone tablet on the wall above the porch is inscribed:
‘Wesleyan Methodist Chapel & Sunday School 1831’.
A plaque above this reads:
‘Elton Village Hall 1982’.
Inscribed round the archway of the porch:
‘Rebuilt 1923 Enlarged’.[1]

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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK2212960977. 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.

Last updated on 15 Jan 2015 at 09:07.

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