Derbyshire Places of Worship

Eyam Methodist Church ("Top Chapel"), Eyam (1) (35k) Eyam Methodist Church ("Top Chapel"), Eyam (2) (28k) Eyam Methodist Church ("Top Chapel"), Eyam (3) (44k) Above Photograph(s)
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Eyam Methodist Church ("Top Chapel"), Eyam
Eyam Methodist Church ("Top Chapel"),
Hawkhill Road, S32 5QP,
Eyam, 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 1906, but we understand it was closed in 2011.

This was the second Methodist Chapel to be built in Eyam, opening in 1906 as Wesleyan Methodist, as distinct from Eyam's first Chapel, which originated as Wesleyan, but had adopted Wesleyan Reform principles. Both Chapels had active congregations locally, and whilst they were both in existence, they were known as "Top" and "Bottom" Chapels, the newer building being "Top".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 23rd March 1934 (p.1957) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Eyam, in the civil parish of Eyam, in Bakewell registration district, in the county of Derby, was, on the 15th March, 1934, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 16th March 1934.

In 1994, the Methodist Church offered the premises to the group of volunteers responsible for the foundation of Eyam Museum. The Methodist Church continued to use one of the rooms for worship until its closure in July 2011, and the building is now wholly owned, and occupied by the Museum. [Source: Eyam Museum website]

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] The Methodist Church in Eyam was opened in 1906, and now shares its premises with Eyam Museum.[1] It was known as the “Top Chapel” to distinguish it from the “Bottom” Wesleyan Church, which predates it.

[1] Of particular interest is a compilation of Eyam population 1664-1667, by John & Francine Clifford - for which see the Resources section of the Eyam Museum website.[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 SK2158776721. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Eyam, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


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

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 16:08.

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