Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Church (20thC), Castleton
Primitive Methodist Church (20thC),
How Lane, S33 8WJ,
Castleton, 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 1909, but we understand it was closed in 1933.

The Chapel is built of local gritstone to a rather unusual plan, of a long, single storey rectangular building, with two wings added at the west side. There is date plaque above the entrance of "A.D. 1909". This is the second Primitive Methodist Chapel in Castleton. The original one was built in 1833 - details of which Primitive Methodist Chapel may be found elsewhere in this database.

Its position is first noted on OS Maps of 1921-1922, where it is labelled as "Methodist Church (Primitive)". Its lifetime was limited after that, however, as according to a History of the Methodist Church on the Castleton Village website, it closed in 1933; and its congregation united with that of the present-day Castleton Methodist Church, formerly Wesleyan Methodist. This was subsequent to the merger of the Primitive Methodists and Wesleyan Methodists with United Methodists that year, to form the Methodist Church of Great Britain.

Its closure is reflected in the following notice in The London Gazette of 30th January 1934 (p.698), cancelling its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given that the Building formerly known as PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Hope Road, in the civil parish of Castleton, in the registration district of Chapel-en-le-Frith, in the county of Derby, which was duly registered for marriages pursuant to the Act 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85, is now no longer used as a Place of Meeting for religious worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was so registered, and that the registry thereof was therefore, on the 25th day of January, 1934, formally cancelled by the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages for England and Wales. Dated 26th January 1934.

The initial registration had taken place on 7th September 1922, recorded in the Gazette of 12th September 1922 (p.6600). It is intriguing that the notice refers to "Hope Road", and not "How Lane", as there appears to have been no change of name, but How Lane is ultimately the road that leads to Hope, so perhaps to refer to that way was at the time, more customary.

In the present day the building remains in communal use, as a thriving Village Hall. Further details, and a gallery of photographs, may be found by following the link further down this page for Castleton Village Hall.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK1524883028. 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 13:47.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 21:25:11 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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