Derbyshire Places of Worship

Litton Methodist Church, Litton (33k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Litton Methodist Church, Litton
Litton Methodist Church,
Church Lane, SK17 8QP,
Litton, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 1834, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/19/20) for the Wesleyan Chapel in Litton describes a separate building, erected in 1834, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 100, and 94 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 81 in the afternoon, 74 in the evening, and 100 Sunday Scholars attending an afternoon class. The return was completed by David Cornforth, its Minister, who gave his address as "Bradwell, Derbyshire".

David Cornforth and Henry Cattle were Ministers of Bradwell Methodist Circuit in 1850 - see Seth Evans's account of Wesleyanism's Establishment in Bradwell Circuit in Bradwell: Ancient and Modern (1912).

Its registration for marriage occurred in more recent times, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 6th December 1963 (p.10019) indicates:

A building certified for worship named METHODIST CHURCH, Litton, in the registration district of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, was on 29th November 1963, registered for solemnising 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 December 1963.

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] The chapel, erected originally in 1834, was rebuilt in the late 19th century, followed by altering and refitting in 1905.[1]

It has been suggested that roots of non-conformity in Litton do however reach back into the 17th century, before this chapel was built. William BAGSHAW, the Apostle of the Peak, was born in Litton on 17th January 1627/8, the son of William BAGSHAWE and Jane née OLDFIELD, daughter of Ralph, of Litton, and later that century he founded several meeting houses in the area, as for example at Great Hucklow, Stoney Middleton, Ashford, Tideswell, and Bradwell. In common with Litton, these were lead mining areas, though it is not clear whether this may have influenced his choice of venue, or whether he happened to be popular with the lead mining community. The exceptions were at Charlesworth, and Chinley, in the Dark Peak, where he also founded chapels.

James CLEGG, the non-conformist preacher of Chapel en le Frith certainly came to Litton too, as his Diary records him preaching here, and possibly others followed in his footsteps. Tradition has it that the upper floor of the barn on the opposite side of the road to the chapel was their meeting place, with the steps up the side of the barn leading to a door providing access.[2]

[1] Non Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire. Published by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England 1986. ISBN 0 11 300007 3.
[2] A “live” version of my source is currently unavailable, but it may still be referenced by courtesy of the “Wayback Machine” (Internet Archive) for Litton Village in Derbyshire.[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 SK1655775136. 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 Litton, 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 7 Feb 2015 at 11:17.

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