Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Ridgeway Methodist Church, Ridgeway, Eckington
Ridgeway Methodist Church,
Ridgeway Moor, S12 3XW,
Ridgeway, Eckington, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) 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 1806, and we understand it is still open.

According to Kelly's Directory of 1932, the Wesleyan Chapel in Ridgeway was built in 1848. Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide indicates it was founded earlier than that, providing the date of 1810. It mentions records of births/baptisms for the period 1810-1837, and burials 1830-1837 - these early entries "from register at Chesterfield Wesleyan Methodist Chapel".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/4/2/15) for "Wesleyan Chapel", Ridgeway, describes a building erected even earlier - in 1806. It was a separate building used exclusively as a place of worship, with free sittings for 110, and 90 "other" sittings, for an estimated congregation on March 30th of 73 in the afternoon, 81 in the evening, and 36 Sunday Scholars at an afternoon class. It was completed by William Webster, its Steward, who gave his address as "Highlane Near Chesterfield, Derbyshire".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 19th April 1910 (p.2702) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named the WESLEYAN CHAPEL, situated at Ridgeway, in the civil parish of Eckington, in the county of Derby, in Chesterfield registration district, was, on the 14th April, 1910, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated the 15th April, 1910.

There is a large graveyard at the rear of the church.


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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK4017081046. 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 Ridgeway, Eckington, 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 9 Dec 2018 at 14:53.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 17:08:51 BST 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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