Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Charlesworth Congregational Church ('Top Chapel'), Charlesworth
Charlesworth Congregational Church ('Top Chapel') (see later for their website address)
Chapel Brow, Monks Road, SK13 5HH,
Charlesworth, Derbyshire.


This Chapel has (or had) 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 before 1700, and we understand it is still open.

The foundations of non-conformist worship in Charlesworth can be traced back to the medieval chapel of St Mary Magdalen, possibly sited where 'Top Chapel' is now. The website of Charlesworth Baptist Church gives a more comprehensive account of the progression, whilst Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) adds that a presbyterian congregation in the late 17th century may have been the remnant of that ministered to by John Jones, St Mary Magdalen's curate in 1650, who later became a non-conformist preacher in Marple. It also mentions a certificate issued in 1709 for a 'meeting house of protestant dissenters in Glossop Dale called Charlesworth Chapel'.

The present 'Top Chapel' building however dates from 1797, by which time the congregation had become Independent; and today (2011) it is "Charlesworth Congregational Church".

There is a substantial graveyard, and its MIs have been transcribed by R. Mansfield in 1948, and published as "Charlesworth Independent Chapel ... 1978-1948"; and there are transcriptions of its parish records included in Marjorie Ward's collection of Charlesworth Sources.


Now or formerly Presbyterian/Independent.

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 is located at OS grid reference SK0105492743. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

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Information last updated on 28 Mar 2011 at 07:58.

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