Derbyshire Places of Worship

Presbyterian (Unitarian) Chapel, Great Hucklow (1) (34k) Presbyterian (Unitarian) Chapel, Great Hucklow (2) (51k) Presbyterian (Unitarian) Chapel, Great Hucklow (3) (33k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Rosemary Lockie/Alf Beard
Presbyterian (Unitarian) Chapel, Great Hucklow
Presbyterian (Unitarian) Chapel (link to Chapel's website)
Great Hucklow, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

This Chapel 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 1696, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/11/2) for the "Unitarian Chapel" in "Great Hucklow, Hope Parish" describes a separate building erected "about 1799" used exclusively as a place of worship. It was not the usual form, and there was space only for the usual number of attendees on the Sabbath, in this case 20 in the afternoon, no services in the morning or afternoon, and no Sunday School. The space on the form for number of sittings was left blank. This apparent lack is probably explained by the fact that the form was filled in by the Registrar himself, Josiah Payne, of Tideswell, Derbyshire. The congregation was of course founded earlier than 1799, as meetings were held originally in secret, in a barn nearby.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 11th November 1887 (p.6008) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Old Chapel, situate at Great Hucklow, in the parish of Hope, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 24th day of October, 1887, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 26th October 1887.

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 Great Hucklow Presbyterian Chapel was founded in 1696 under the auspices of William BAGSHAWE, the non-conformist minister, and so-called Apostle of the Peak whose brother Thomas was Lord of the Manor here. At the time, worship outside the Church of England was still against the law, and early meetings were held in secret, at a barn nearby to the site of the present building. The latter is believed to dates from 1796 or 7 - its building was most likely prompted by the Act of Relief of 1791, which made worship outside the Church of England legal.

Please note the present day congregation at this Chapel is Unitarian, the introduction being possibly in 1826, when the register of Presbyterian baptisms ends. Baptisms in the IGI recorded as “Presbyterian, Great Hucklow, Derby, England”" would have taken place at this Chapel.[1]

Denomination

Now or formerly Presbyterian/Unitarian.

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 is located at OS grid reference SK1784377706. 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 Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 1 Feb 2015 at 10:52.

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