Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Chapel (19thC), Castleton
Wesleyan Chapel (19thC),
Back Street,
Castleton, 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 1809, but we understand it was closed in 1898.

This is a large rectangular building, partially hidden from the street by other buildings, with a two-bay facade with 2 long round-arched windows facing south, towards Cross Street, and a plain gable facing east, towards Castleton Primary School, which is almost directly opposite. There is a small turret at the apex of the gable, which looks as though it may have contained a bell.

Its appearance, and labelling as a "Chapel" on OS Maps of 1898 show it quite obviously as a place of worship, and to me, the most likely possibility is that it was Castleton's original Wesleyan Chapel, which was replaced by the present Methodist Church in Cross Street in 1898.

The Castleton Village website, in their History of the Methodist Church says otherwise, and that prior to the opening of today's Castleton Methodist Church in 1898, meetings had been held in a cottage near Peak Cavern.

This may have been true in early days; however, the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/450/2/8/14) records a dedicated Wesleyan Chapel, built in 1809, and used exclusively as a Place of Worship. It had free seating for 136, and "other" seating for 91, and no standing room as "the whole space is occupied either with Pews or Forms". This doesn't sound like a cottage to me! The estimated number of worshippers on March 30, 1851 was 75 in the afternoon, and 145 in the evening, with 69 expected at afternoon Sunday school. This merited further comment by the returning officer, Micah Tym, that "this Statement shows as nearly as possible the Average number of persons who attend the chapel. The Sunday Scholars do not attend the Evening Service". Micah Tym described himself as the Steward of the Chapel, and his given address was "Castleton, Derbyshire".


Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 SK1504582961. 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 Castleton, 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 22 Oct 2018 at 15:05.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 05:17:44 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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