Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Stanton Wesleyan Reform Church, Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave
Stanton Wesleyan Reform Church   [no longer registered]
Lees Road, DE4 2LS,
Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 1829, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Stanton Wesleyan Reform Church is a Grade II Listed Building - see the British Listed Buildings website for details. Their account says its plaque dates it as 1829, but to me, from Google StreetView it looks like 1828! It has quite a distinctive frontage, two round arched windows with a central doorway, having a "semi-circular headed reeded doorcase with central keystone", approached by a wrought iron gateway with matching archway. The date plaque is directly above the doorway, and it looks as though the windows have stained glass.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/24/45) records the "Wesleyan" Chapel in "Stanton, Parish of Youlgreave" as erected in 1829 as a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship. The return was completed by Benjamin Broomhead, who described himself as "Trustee, Leader and Steward", of "Stanton, Bakewell, Derbyshire". He supplied statistics for seating and number of worshippers in a long-hand form - "Number of Persons Attending Divine Service on Sunday March 30 - 76. Congregational Average 80 Persons. Space occupied for Public Worship about 53 Superficial yards. Space occupied for the Sunday School is about 30 yards Superficial".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 27th June 1902 (p.4206) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named WESLEYAN REFORM CHAPEL, situated at Stanton, in the civil parish of Stanton, in the county of Derby, in the registration district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religions worship, was on the twenty-fourth day of June, 1902, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 25th June 1902.

I have not found a corresponding notice of cancellation, but have reason to believe that the Church is now (2015) closed.

Note: both Stanton Lees and Stanton in Peak have/had Wesleyan Reform Chapels, and both had the address of "Lees Road"; but in fact they are quite far distant from one another.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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 was located at OS grid reference SK2437264094. 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 Stanton in Peak, Youlgreave, 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 11 Jan 2015 at 13:39.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:35:25 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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