Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Shirland
Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
off Main Street,
Shirland, 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 before 1877, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

This was one of two known Methodist Chapels which existed in Shirland, within a short distance of one another. This one appeared first, its position shown on OS 1877 1:2,500, where it is labelled as "Methodist Chapel (United Free)". On a later Map, of 1899, the building at the same location is labelled as "Methodist Chapel (Primitive)", by which time the other Chapel had been built, labelled simply as "Chapel".

Kelly's Directory of 1895 records Shirland having Primitive, and Free Methodist Chapels, so possibly there was a split in the congregation, and the Free Methodists built a separate Chapel, whilst Primitive Methodists remained in the older building.

Both were still marked with a "+" 100 years later on my OS Derbyshire Street Atlas of 1995, but today, this one certainly has been demolished, and new housing occupies its site.

The Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/1/3/24) records a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Shirland with a Wesleyan Reformed congregation, built in 1830. It had free seating for 150, with an estimated congregation of 35 in the afternoon and 103 in the evening on Sunday March 30, 1851. There was also a Sunday school, to which 105 pupils were expected to attend, to both morning and afternoon classes. The return was completed by Joseph Allen, Manager of the Chapel.

It is interesting to speculate whether this was the same chapel, or a different building entirely, which has not been found on Old Maps.


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 SK3994558584. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 Feb 2013 at 12:02.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:45:08 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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