Derbyshire Places of Worship

Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Froggatt (39k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Janet Kirk
Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Froggatt
Wesleyan Reform Chapel,
Moorlands Lane,
Froggatt, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1832, and we understand it is still open.

Most 19th century Directories record Froggatt's Wesleyan Chapel as built in 1834, but the corresponding return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/2/8) for the "Wesleyan Chapel" in "Froggatt, Parish of Bakewell" says 1832. It is described a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, which had seating for 100 (all free) and "not any" standing room "excepting Aisles". The estimated congregation on March 30th was 45 in the afternoon and 25 in the evening, in comparison with average figures of 30 in the afternoon, and 25 in the evening. There was, apparently, no Sunday School. The return was completed by Moses Rayner, its Minister, who gave his address as "Bakewell, Derbyshire".

At the time, the congregation was described as simply "Wesleyan", but evidently at some later date its congregation joined the Wesleyan Reformers - a situation which remained the same, certainly until 1995, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 22nd December 1995 (p.17367) indicates:

A Building certified for worship named WESLEYAN REFORM CHAPEL, Froggatt in the registration district of Bakewell in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire was on 30th October 1995 registered for solemnizing marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949 as amended by Section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act, 1958. Dated 3rd November 1995.

The Peak District appears to have hung on to its Wesleyan Reform traditions, as similar chapels at Foolow, Over Haddon, and Youlgreave, remained open until recent times.

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 small stone Chapel, mentioned in the Froggatt section of White's Directory of Sheffield and 20 miles round (1862), was built in 1834.[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 is located at OS grid reference SK2438176296. 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 Froggatt, 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 5 Jan 2015 at 10:05.

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