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Central Methodist Church, Whitwell
Central Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Welbeck Street / Fox Road,
Whitwell, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

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 1901, but we understand it was closed in 1963, and the premises are now in secular use.

"The closing services of the Welbeck Street Methodist Church were held on 6th October, 1963 exactly 62 years after its opening, thus ending a period of Christian witness that had lasted for 126 years" - quote from Whitwell Local History Group - Churches and Religion.

This is a reference to a date in 1837, when a Wesleyan Association congregation in Whitwell was recorded as registered with the Worksop Potter Street Circuit. Early services were held in the home of Mr and Mrs W. Loude, at #1 East Parade until premises were acquired in the upper storey of a building in Chapel Yard on High Causeway (now High Street). The Chapel was approached by a passage at the side, and a flight of steps at the rear, and the lower storey was in use as a tallow-chandlers.

The latter was evidently superseded by the Welbeck Road building, which is situated on the north-west corner of the junction of Welbeck Road with Fox Road. It became known as "Central Methodist Church" as it was mid-way between the Portland Street (Whitwell) and Hodthorpe Methodist Churches.

Note: Old Maps of 1916 show that Welbeck Road was originally named "Lowpit Lane"; and indeed this was the address given in the notice of its registration for marriages published in The London Gazette of 28th April 1903 (p.2717):

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named METHODIST FREE CHURCH, situated at Lowpit-lane, in the civil parish of Whitwell, in the county of Derby, in Worksop registration district, was, on the twenty-third April, 1903, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 24th April 1903.

A corresponding notice of its cancellation, as "METHODIST CHURCH, Welbeck Street, Whitwell" was published in the Gazette of 12th November 1963 (p.9267). It was then put up for sale, and for a time was in use as parish hall. In the present day, however, it would appear to be in private ownership, and at the time our photograph was taken, up for sale.

Denomination

Now or formerly United 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.

Maps

This Church was located at OS grid reference SK5325676659. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Reference

  • 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 4 Dec 2014 at 14:16.

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