Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Free United Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Riddings
Free United Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
South Street (south side) (Demolished),
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 1831, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

At first sight, the appearance of this Chapel on Old Maps poses a dilemma. Its first noted appearance is on OS 1880 1:2,500, labelled as "Methodist Chapel (United Free)" on the south side of South Street, a mere stone's throw away from another Methodist Chapel, apparently of the same denomination, labelled as "Zion Chapel (United Free Methodist)".

Kelly's Directory of 1895 records a Primitive Methodist Chapel at "Newlands", built in 1831; and just to confuse the matter even further, the Kelly's Directory entry for Riddings in 1912 records that "Newlands, included with Greenhill Lane in this parish, has a primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1905". Could it be that this is a reference to the Chapel on the aforesaid Maps, with the date of 1905 being of a rebuild, rather than from new? In the absence of further information, this seems highly likely, since Old Maps do not show any other Chapel nearer to Newlands.

This one evidently survived longer than the Zion Chapel as a place of worship. Later Maps, for instance OS 1916-1917 1:2,500 show the building at this location labelled as a "United Methodist" Chapel; whilst the Zion Methodist Chapel building appears to have become the Empire Theatre. By OS 1938 1:2,500 this one too must have closed, as the building is labelled as a Cinema, whilst the former Empire Theatre has no label.


Now or formerly Free/United 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 SK4277852415. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 15 Feb 2013 at 13:28.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:39:02 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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