Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Whitwell Methodist Church, Whitwell
Whitwell Methodist Church,
Portland Street, S80 4RJ,
Whitwell, 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 1892, and we understand it is still open.

There were great rejoicings in Whitwell on Whit-Monday, 1892, on the occasion of the opening of the Portland Street Chapel" - quote from Whitwell Local History Group - Churches and Religion.

Old Maps of 1875 show a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel existed before this, in Scotland Lane. Presumably this was the Wesleyan Chapel recorded in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as erected in 1858. It seems probable therefore, that Portland Street Chapel replaced the earlier building.

There are separate entries in this database for the earlier building in Scotland Lane, and the former United Methodist Church, later "Central Methodist" in Welbeck Street. Scotland Lane is now Scotland Street, a little to the west of Portland Street, and south of St Lawrence's Church. The Portland Street Chapel (probably) became Whitwell Methodist Church after the Central Methodist Church closed in 1963.

Note: Old Maps of 1875 show Portland Street was originally named "Dog Lane". I have been unable to find any notices in The London Gazette that the Chapel was ever registered for marriages, but if it was, presumably, it would have been registered under that name.


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 SK5276876610. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

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Information last updated on 4 Dec 2014 at 09:19.

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This Report was created 28 Sep 2018 - 04:53:55 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 23 Sep 2018 at 15:37.

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