Derbyshire Places of Worship

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John Smedley's Church (Demolished), Matlock
John Smedley's Church (Demolished),
Old Hackney Lane (now Smedley Street),
Matlock, Derbyshire.


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 1870, but we understand it was closed before 1886.

This Church was erected by John Smedley in the grounds of his Hydro - see the account of Smedley's Church on Ann Andrews' website.

It would have stood on the opposite side of the road to, and a short distance to the east of, the present All Saints' Church, and is shown on Old Maps of 1876-1880, labelled as "Methodist Chapel (United Free)", but not on the later series of 1899-1900.

As it was not built until after 1857, it is not mentioned in White's Directory of that year. White does however mention a small chapel for Wesleyan Reformers at Matlock Bridge. Although no link has been discovered, it would be satisfying to think the members of that congregation joined forces with Smedley's Chapel, after it was built, since no references have been found to it after the later edition of White's Directory of 1862.


Now or formerly Free 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 was located at OS grid reference SK2991460736. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


  • 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.
Last updated on 2 Feb 2015 at 14:16.

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This Report was created 19 Aug 2018 - 03:38:11 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 4 Jun 2017 at 08:14.

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