Derbyshire Places of Worship

Former Wesleyan (Ebenezer) Chapel, Wirksworth (40k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Janet Kirk
Former Wesleyan (Ebenezer) Chapel, Wirksworth
Former Wesleyan (Ebenezer) Chapel,
Chapel Lane,
Wirksworth, Derbyshire.


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 1810, but we understand it was closed in 1962.

It is believed the former Wesleyan Chapel, mentioned in Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) as "three-bay front; central doorway with arched hood of c.1900; original tablet above inscribed 'EBEN-EZER 1810'", and partly demolished in February 1983 was at this location.

The British Listed Buildings website describes it as being of "coursed stone rubble, the facade stuccoed" and having "2 storeys; 3 windows in moulded architraves with 'Gothic' glazing bars ... a deep segmental cornice hood ... false quoins at sides", and as having been delisted 7 Dec 1993.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide says it closed about 1962, and from 1963 the baptism register was used for whole Wirksworth Methodist Circuit.

Today, the building, or its replacement, is the Derbyshire Dales Christian Centre, with an Assemblies of God congregation. It is the chapel referred to below, on the accompanying photograph.

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] This shot is taken from Chapel Lane, where on the left can be seen an old chapel and across the road, on North End a square building which was the former police station - “The Old Lock Up”. Out of sight on the photo, but to the right of the former police station is the Old Baptist Chapel (and Cemetery). Both of these properties are now (2010) being advertised to let as holiday rentals.[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 was located at OS grid reference SK2877854223. 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 Wirksworth, 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 Janet Kirk/Rosemary Lockie.

Information last updated on 16 Nov 2010 at 19:19.

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This Report was created 20 Jul 2021 - 02:45:14 BST from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 3 Feb 2021 at 08:33.

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