Derbyshire Places of Worship

Fernilee Methodist Church, Fernilee (40k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Fernilee Methodist Church, Fernilee
Fernilee Methodist Church,
Elnor Lane,
Fernilee, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1871, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1895 describes Fernilee as a township in the parish of Hope, immediately adjacent to the Whaley Bridge station (in Cheshire) on the Buxton and Manchester section of the London and North Western railway, 6 miles north west from Buxton, and 3 south west from Chapel en le Frith. The account draws our attention that Fernilee is on the borders of Cheshire, and is divided from that county by the river Goyt, which is here crossed by a stone bridge. The Cromford and High Peak railway then passed through it, forming a junction at Whaley Bridge with the London and North Western railway. "There are no water works, the supply being direct from springs; gas is supplied by the Whaley Bridge Gas Company from works near the railway station".

The then Wesleyan chapel, the subject of this account, was "built in 1871, affords 200 sittings, and has a burial ground adjoining". Conversely, "the Wesleyan Methodist chapel at Whaley Bridge, erected in 1851, will hold 800 persons".

Times move on, however. The two chapels are still closely linked, but no longer with a wholly Methodist congregation. They both belong to the "Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership".

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] Kelly's Directory of 1932 says this little chapel was built in 1871, and has 290 sittings. It is set into a hillside overlooking the Goyt River valley, and as with many hillside chapels, exploits the slope of the land by having a basement level, visible from the major road running closer to the valley (A5004). It is now a Listed Building.

Kelly also mentions that Fernilee has a park opened in 1923, which is a memorial to the men of the parish who died in WWI.

Fernilee Methodist Church belongs to Whaley Bridge Uniting Partnership - “three Christian congregations seeking to embody and share the love of God in the neighbourhoods of Whaley Bridge, Fernilee and Kettleshulme”, respectively Whaley Bridge Uniting Church, Fernilee Methodist Church and Kettleshulme Chapel. It can be reached by turning right into Folds Lane off the A5004 travelling north, and turning right at the T-junction.[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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK0174178929. 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.

Information last updated on 20 Dec 2018 at 11:12.

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