Derbyshire Places of Worship

Grindleford Methodist Church, Grindleford (1) (31k) Grindleford Methodist Church, Grindleford (2) (29k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Andrew McCann/Alf Beard
Grindleford Methodist Church, Grindleford
Grindleford Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Sir William Hill, S32 2HS,
Grindleford, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church 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 1905, but we understand it was closed in 2009, and the premises are now in secular use.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 30th November 1909 (p.9163) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Grindleford Bridge, in the civil parish of Eyam Woodlands, in the county of Derby, in Bakewell registration district, was, on the 26th November, 1909, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 27th November 1909.

Its closure, as "Methodist Chapel Grindleford Bridge, Eyam Woodlands" was recorded in The London Gazette of 23rd June 2010 (p.0) in a list of buildings which "are no longer used by the congregations on whose behalf they were registered for marriages"...

It has since passed into secular use. [Source: Mike Berrell]

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] Methodism may have first arrived in Grindleford as early as 1766. John Wesley, in his Journal for the period 27th May 1765 to 18th May 1768 records that on Thursday 27th March 1766, “I preached in the morning at a little village, near Eyam, in the High-Peak. The eagerness with which the poor people devoured the word, made me amends for the cold ride over the snowy mountains”.

The little village is reputedly Grindleford Bridge, and he may have been travelling there from Sheffield, as his entry for 2 days before (March 25th) describes preaching at “Creitch” [Crich], and “thence we rode on through several heavy showers of snow to Sheffield, where, at six, we had a numerous congregation. There has been much disturbance here this winter. But to night all was peace”.

Wesley's visit may have been a consequence of an abortive attempt to introduce Methodism to Eyam in 1765. William Wood, in The History and Antiquities of Eyam (1842) describes Mr. Matthew Mayer, of Portwood-hall, near Stockport preaching twice at Eyam that year, and meeting with so much hostility that he each time narrowly escaped with life. Thereafter the mass of the villagers would not suffer the preachers to come into the village... the few converts to the new doctrine repaired to Grindleford Bridge, where the preachers were not molested.

Thereafter various directories record a Methodist Chapel in Grindleford Bridge, built in 1830. Nothing remains now of this building as it was replaced by the present Chapel, which opened in 1905.

The following inscriptions may be found on the Foundation Stones, and were kindly provided by Alf Beard, 25th March 2004 - which ironically happens to be just 100 years after it was laid:

The Names of the persons who laid the foundations
stones to Grindleford Methodist Church, Easter 1904

Mrs BROMLEY in memory of her
Husband Joseph Sykes BROMLEY
Mrs Samuel OSBOURNE
Mr George COOPER Jnr
Mrs John KENYON, for ladies sewing class
Mrs E S BRAMWELL, of Sheffield
Mr & Mrs A BRADBURY
Mrs E J BRAMWELL of Sheffield
Mary Bromley HILL in memory of her uncle
Joseph ANDREW, Easter 1904

The Joseph Andrew mentioned on the stone is the son of Joseph Andrew, the Minister recorded for the Chapel in Harrod's Directory of Derbyshire, 1870; the Bromley, Sykes, Kenyon, and Hill were all members of the same family.[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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK2424177776. 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/Patricia Andrew.

Last updated on 29 Dec 2014 at 16:39.

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