Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Chapel (replaced by Trinity Methodist), Bolsover
Wesleyan Chapel (replaced by Trinity Methodist)   [no longer registered]
Station Road / Chapel Walk,
Bolsover, 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 1826, but we understand it was closed in 1868, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/3/3/5) describes the "Wesleyan Chapel" in Bolsover as erected in 1826 as a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 80, 70 "other" sittings, and no standing room; and the average congregation during the previous 12 months was 40 in the afternoons and 55 in the evenings, with 30 Sunday Scholars attending afternoon classes. The return was completed by Jno. Bennett, its Steward, whose gave his address as High Street, Bolsover.

I understand however, that meetings had begun earlier in the century. An account of Nonconformity in Bolsover, on the Victorian County Histories website cites a book Bolsover Methodist Church. Centenary Celebrations 1896-1996 (M. Clarke, 1995), which states that services had been held in private houses or hired rooms from at least 1807; and a document in the Derbyshire Record Office (D3765/2/2) records a celebration of the centenary of the foundation of Bolsover Methodist Circuit in 1906.

The Chapel had a short lifetime, as it rapidly became too small for its growing congregation, so in 1868, it was replaced by Trinity Chapel, in Hill Top. The latter, which was rebuilt in 1886, was replaced in 1896-7 by Hill Top Methodist (now Bolsover Methodist) Church.

Meanwhile, the original Chapel building was sold into private ownership, and converted into cottages. The above-mentioned document says it stood at the junction of what later became Station Road and Chapel Walk; but I cannot verify this, as I have been unable to establish whether the cottages are still in existence.

Note: Some sources refer to "Chapel Walk" as "Chapel Breck". It is a footpath providing a "short cut" between the right-angled bend in Castle Street northwards to Station Road.

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 SK4726070596. 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 20 Nov 2014 at 16:13.

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