Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Riddings
Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Greenhill Lane,
Riddings, 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 1849, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

This chapel appears to have had a limited life after 1900, at least according to its last noted appearance, as "Methodist Chapel (Primitive) on OS 1900 1:2,500. Kelly's Directory of 1895 records a Primitive Methodist Chapel at "Newlands", but Newlands is some distance away, and there was another Methodist Chapel ('Zion', marked as "Free United") on the south side of South Street which was closer to what might be described as "Newlands", so it may not be that which Kelly refers to.

There is however a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/446/5/1/12) for a congregation of "Origanal Methodists" [sic] meeting in Greenhill Lane, Alfreton. Their meeting house was erected in 1849, and had free seating for 170, with no other sittings. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 42 in the afternoon, and 70 in the evening. The return was completed by John Armstrong, its Manager, of Greenhill Lane, Alfreton.

The Original Methodists, sometimes called "Selstonites" were a breakaway group from the Primitive Methodists, and did indeed only have a limited life. This was explained in an article published in the "Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society" Vol XXXV, September 1965, entitled The Original Methodists, Primitive Methodist Reformers, available online on the website Biblical ("Making Biblical Scholarship Accessible since 2001").

The location provided by the OS Grid Reference below is as near as I can provide to that indicated on Old Maps, as today a new road, and 20th century housing occupy the area.


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 SK4242152593. 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 Riddings, 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 25 Oct 2018 at 12:34.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:41:58 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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