Derbyshire Places of Worship

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Winster (41k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Winster
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
West Bank, DE4 2DQ,
Winster, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Chapel 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 1837, but we understand it was closed by 1984, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/1/5) for a Wesleyan Chapel, supposedly in Youlgreave, but most probably in Winster, describes a separate building, erected "in the year 1837" used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free sittings for 105, and 84 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 48 in the afternoon, and 53 in the evening. The return was completed by Samuel Swindell, its Steward, who said he was a Butcher, of "Winster, Derbyshire".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 17th March 1896 (p.1751) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given that a separate building named Wesleyan Methodist Chapel situated at West Bank, Winster in the parish of Winster 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 11th day of March 1896, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 11th March 1896.

A comparable notice of cancellation of the registration of "METHODIST CHAPEL, West Bank, Winster" was published in the Gazette of 19th September 1984 (p.12722).

Note: the information given to me originally with the photo gave its date of dedication as 1857. This is clearly incorrect, but attributable to the difficulty in reading the plaque. The high magnification possible with Dave Bevis's photograph of Winster - Wesleyan Chapel (on West Bank) on the Geograph website indicates it reads "Wesleyan / Chapel / 1837". Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide also says it was opened in 1837, and closed in 1937 - long before the Gazette notice was published! Their list includes a register of baptisms 1845- 1917, with a note that it includes Pike Hall, and up to 1859 is a copy of Cromford Circuit register.

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] In my opinion this is by far the most attractive of the 3 Methodist chapels in Winster. Like the smaller Wesleyan Reform Chapel on East Bank, of 1852, it has 2 round-arched windows in front, though here there are extra lights on either side, giving it a less spartan appearance. According to Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986), there was also a blocked window high up in the west end, whilst the pulpit was against the blank east wall.

Please note the property is however now in private ownership.[1]

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK2397160459. 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.

Acknowledgements

A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

Last updated on 13 Jan 2015 at 14:28.

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