Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Stanley Methodist Church, Stanley
Stanley Methodist Church,
Morley Lane, DE7 6EZ,
Stanley, Derbyshire.


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 1827, and we understand it is still open.

Stanley Methodist Church now (2011) belongs to the Covenant Churches of West Hallam, Stanley, Stanley Common and Mapperley (WSSM Churches Together). The group comprises three Anglican, two Methodist and one joint Anglican/Methodist church in 4 adjacent villages.

The Covenant Churches of West Hallam, Stanley, Stanley Common and Mapperley (WSSM) website records that Stanley Methodist Church was built in 1827, rebuilt in 1882, and that recently its congregation has joined that of St Andrew's Church, Stanley for combined services.

The corresponding return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/444/5/7/18) is for a building imaginatively called "Chapel", which was erected in 1827, for a "Wesleyan" congregation. It was a separate building, used only as a place of worship, and it had 10 free sittings, 6 "other" sittings, and 36 pews, which providing 60 sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 45 in the afternoon and 30 in the evening. The return was completed by Samuel Lakin[?], its Minister, whose lived in Sandiacre.

There was no Sunday School at the time, but one was built later, and is mentioned on the WSSM website. "Whit Sunday was traditionally the annual Sunday School Anniversary when a procession paraded from the Felix Garage to the brickyard with the chapel organ carried on a horse and trap". The Chapel Schoolrooms still exist, and have been modernised to provide accomodation for both for chapel and village functions.


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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK4172440377. 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 Stanley, 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.

Information last updated on 30 Oct 2014 at 14:04.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:58:52 GMT from information held in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:33.

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