Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Stanhope Bretby Methodist Church, Bretby
Stanhope Bretby Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Ashby Road East, DE15 0PS,
Bretby, 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 before 1901, but we understand it was closed by 2016, and the premises are now in secular use.

This little Methodist Church is situated opposite the Stanhope Arms (a Premier Inn). It is a simple rectangular building with sides of 3 bays, each with a rectangular window, and a central porch, on either side of which are smaller round-arched windows. There is a smaller utility building added to the right hand side, in a similar style. Above the porch is a plaque which reads "U.M.T. Church / Mission Room", and the whole is finished in white.

It is first noted on Maps of 1901. Earlier Maps show it was built on the corner of a site formerly occupied by Bretby Colliery.

Interestingly, modern maps label its location as "Stanhope Bretby"; however the Methodist Church at Bretby is listed in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) with an address of "The Stanhope". My first thought is that it had acquired the name through its association with the Inn, but on reflection it seems more likely an 'homage' to the name of its patron - the Manor of Bretby was purchased by Thomas Stanhope in 1585, and the family, later Earls of Chesterfield, remained its owners for several generations.

The most recent information I have on the building is that (as "Stanhope Bretby Methodist Church") it was put up for auction on 7th December 2016, provisionally for commercial development, and it has now been sold.


Now or formerly 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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK2852022045. 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 Bretby, 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 20 Dec 2018 at 12:54.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 15:35:59 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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