Derbyshire Places of Worship

Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Stoney Middleton (42k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Peter & Janet Kirk
Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Stoney Middleton
Wesleyan Reform Chapel,
Bottom Cliff / The Fold,
Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1829, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/3/12) for the Wesleyan Chapel in Stoney Middleton describes a separate building, erected in 1827, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had seating for 100, 80 "other" sittings, and no standing room; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 35 in the morning, and 120 in the evening, with morning and afternoon Sunday School classes attended by 60 and 70 Scholars respectively. The return was completed by Samuel Hereman, Officiating preacher, with Benjamin Cooper also signing, as Steward. The address given was Stoney Middleton, Near Bakewell, Derbyshire"; but there is no record in the 1851 Census of a Samuel Hereman living there. The nearest is a Samuel Herman [or Henman] at Baslow, aged 49, and recorded as "Clerk Amanuerensis". The congregation was recorded as "Wesleyan Methodists", although it is understood the Chapel became "Wesleyan Reform" in 1849.

I was unable to find a notice of its registration for marriages in The London Gazette, so I assume it was not.

The following information about the Chapel 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] Stoney Middleton Wesleyan Reform Chapel was built in 1829, on land which was purchased from the FURNESS family for £15. It became a Wesleyan Reform Church in 1849. In 1931, it was the first building in the village to have mains electricity installed.

This Chapel is one of 13 Churches of the Bakewell Circuit of the Wesleyan Reform Union. Other local chapels known to be in the circuit are Eyam, Foolow and Curbar. This may explain why baptisms of children from families living in Stoney Middleton and surrounds are to be found recorded at the "Wesleyan Methodist Bakewell Circuit" in the IGI!

Stoney Middleton, A Working Village - Millennium Awards booklet published 2002.[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 Chapel is located at OS grid reference SK2298475513. 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 Stoney Middleton, 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 2 Feb 2015 at 15:51.

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