Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel, Birchover
Primitive Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Main Street / Upper Town Lane, DE4 2BJ,
Birchover, 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 1853, but we understand it was closed by 1995, and the premises are now in secular use.

This is a single-story chapel, with an 'L' plan, giving it a "school house" appearance. It has a pair of lancet windows in the gable end facing into Main Street, above which is a circular 'rose' window. There are two rectangular windows in the arm of the building facing Upper Town Lane. Above the left one is a plaque which reads "Primitive Methodist Chapel, 1867". There is an entrance porch in the middle, which according to the plaque above its doorway, was added in 1929.

White's Directory of 1857 does however refer to an earlier Primitive Methodist Chapel - "a small neat brick chapel ... erected by subscription in 1853, at a cost of £50, will seat about 90", so perhaps it is not too fanciful to assume the present building replaced the earlier one.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 13th May 1958 (p.3398) recorded its registration for marriages:

A building certified for worship named METHODIST CHAPEL, Main Street, Birchover, in the registration district of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, was on 22nd May, 1958, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949. Dated 23rd May 1958.

Its closure, as "METHODIST CHAPEL, Mains Street, Birchover", was recorded in the Gazette of 24th February 1995 (p.3130) as one of two buildings which are "no longer used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were registered for marriages"... and today, though it is still marked on Google Maps as a Primitive Methodist Chapel, it has obviously closed, and is in private occupation.

A photograph: Primitive Methodist Chapel, 1867, Birchover is available on the Geograph website. See also its conversion to a holiday cottage -


Now or formerly Primitive 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 SK2393062143. 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 Birchover, 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 13 Jan 2015 at 09:38.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:55:34 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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