Derbyshire Places of Worship

Sparrow Pit Methodist Church, Sparrow Pit, Chapel en le Frith (44k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Sparrow Pit Methodist Church, Sparrow Pit, Chapel en le Frith
Sparrow Pit Methodist Church,
west off A623,
Sparrow Pit, Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does/did not 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

We don't know when this Place of Worship was founded, and we don't know whether or not it is still open.

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] Sparrowpit is a settlement of a few scattered farmsteads, partly in Peak Forest, and partly in Chapel en le Frith parishes. The name is said to derive from the fluorspar mines in the vicinity - ‘spar row pit’,[1] though The Place Names of Derbyshire quotes only Sparrowe pit house (1617), Sparrowe pitt hole (c.1620) and the Sparrowpitt yatte (1640 Map: ‘geat’ = ‘gate’).

However this bleak and isolated spot is also a major crossroads. The road from the Hope Valley through ‘The Winnatts’ joins the A623 from Chesterfield to Chapel en le Frith at this point, meeting it on a sharp left hand bend, where the main road detours from its old saltway route, which passed over the high points of the Pennines at Pleasows and Eccles Pike. A ‘new’ turnpike route via Barmoor Clough, was built in 1764, but even later that century, when Samuel Coleridge was staying in Sheffield, and the next day was due in Manchester via this route - the journey was not without hardship. He is reputed to have said, of his forthcoming journey:

Tomorrow morning I set off to Manchester at 6 o'clock - it is only 48 miles distant, but the coach will not arrive until 10 o'clock at night. By Heavens - a tortoise would outgallop us![2]

[1] Sparrowpit (Wikipedia).
[2] Dodd, A.E. & E.M. - Peakland Roads and Trackways, 1990, p.149.[1]


Now or formerly 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/was located at OS grid reference SK0901180705. 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 Sparrow Pit, Chapel en le Frith, 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 28 Oct 2010 at 00:00.

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