Derbyshire Places of Worship

Ashbourne Methodist Church, Ashbourne (35k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Alf Beard
Ashbourne Methodist Church, Ashbourne
Ashbourne Methodist Church (link to Church's website)
Church Street, DE6 1AE,
Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

We believe the Church does 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 1880, and we understand it is still open.

Ashbourne Methodist Church was built in 1880-81 as a replacement for an earlier Wesleyan Chapel, in Compton Street (described elsewhere in this database). The following notice in The London Gazette of 27th May 1881 (p.2762) recorded the "hand over" of the registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Wesleyan Chapel, situate in Church-street, Ashbourne, in the parish of Ashbourne, in the county of Derby, in the district of Ashbourne, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 26th day of April, 1881, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85, being substituted for the building known as the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, situate at Compton-street Ashbourne, in the parish of Sturston in the said county, now disused. Dated 28th April 1881.

In common with many churches these days, the Methodist Church has its own coffee shop. The Cornerstone Cafe, next to the church, opened on 1st May 1998. In addition, the former day school premises (the Gateway Centre) beneath the Church provides residential accommodation in six dormitories for up to 27 people. Accomodation may be booked for weekends, midweek periods or for full weeks - further details are available on the church's website.

The following information about the Church 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 Methodist Church dates from 1880, according to the date on the pediment. Kelly's Directory of 1895 tells us that:

“The Wesleyan Chapel, in Church street, erected in 1880-1, at a cost of about £4,860, is an edifice of red brick, relieved with Stanton stone, in the Italian style, and has 500 sittings. A Sunday and day school is held in rooms beneath the chapel.”

In comparison, from the same source:

“The Primitive Methodist Chapel, in Station street, erected in 1894, at a cost of £1,700, is an edifice of red brick, with Stanton stone dressings, and has 400 sittings.”[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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK1785646565. 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 11 Nov 2014 at 08:57.

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