Derbyshire Places of Worship

Monyash Methodist Church, Monyash (34k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Monyash Methodist Church, Monyash
Monyash Methodist Church,
Chapel Street (east side),
Monyash, 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 1835, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/16/27) for a building named "Chapel" in Monyash for a Primitive Methodist congregation describes a separate building, erected in 1835, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 100, 48 "other" sittings, and standing room for 180;and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 27 in the morning, 40 in the afternoon, and 60 in the evening, with 56 Sunday Scholars attending both a morning and afternoon class. The morning statistic appears to have "class" written above it. Intriguingly, the "average" number of attendants given for the last 12 months, of a congregation of 5200, with 2912 Sunday Scholars, must surely relate to the whole year! The return was completed by Adolphus Frederick Beckerlegge, "Licensed Minister", who gave his address as "Winster, Matlock Bath, Derbyr." - perhaps he was unable to divide by 12!

The website My Primitive Methodist Ancestors has a short biography - Adolphus was born in St Ives, Cornwall, and worked as a watchmaker and jeweller in Penzance. He was Minister for the Winster circuit from 1849 until 1851, arriving there after a stint in Sheffield in 1848, after which he moved to Nottingham S [South?].

The following notice in The London Gazette of 16th February 1897 (p.911) recorded the Chapel's registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Primitive Methodist Chapel situated at Monyash in the parish of Monyash in the county of Derby in the registration district of Bakewell being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the tenth day of February 1897, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 10th February 1897.

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 Foundation Stone for this building was laid on 16th May 1888, though it is believed that an earlier building was present on this spot, dating from the coming to the village of the Primitive Methodist missionary, Phillip Bown, in 1828. Bown was a native of Hognaston, and was the first member of the Winster Primitive Methodist Circuit. His appearance in Monyash is mentioned by the Revd. H. B. (Holliday Bickerstaffe) Kendall, in his book The Origin and History of the Primitive Methodist Church (vol.1):

“He did a good day's work when, at the direction of the circuit authorities, he re-missioned a village nine miles from Winster called Monyash. The village is not large; it has not more than four hundred inhabitants. It cannot be said to be beautiful, though it is not devoid of a certain austere attractiveness. It can, indeed, lay claim to the possession of an ancient church restored without being spoiled and to a crumbling village cross.”

The Chapel is to be found on the east side of the aptly named Chapel Street, the street leading north of the village square, whereas - appropriately - St Leonard's Church may be found in Church Street, which leads off the village square to the south.[1]


Now or formerly Primitive 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 SK1500566657. 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 Monyash, 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 Alf Beard/Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 7 Jan 2015 at 08:19.

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