Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Bourne Chapel, Breaston
Bourne Chapel   [no longer registered]
Bourne Square,
Breaston, 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 1850, but we understand it was closed before 1937, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/444/4/12/32) for "Breaston Primitive Methodist Preaching Room" describes a separate building, formerly a Wheelwright's Shop, but converted into a Place of Worship in 1850, and used exclusively as such. It had seats for 100, all free, and standing room for 20, and there was no Sunday School. The return was completed by Abimeleck Hainsworth Coulson, its Superintendant [sic] Minister, of 45 Copeland Street, Derby. He reported that the average congregation was 60 to afternoon service, and 100 in the evening (a full house!), but he was unable to provide an estimate of numbers attending Divine Service on March 30th because "Several of the congregation connected with the above Place of Worship will attend Borrowash Chapel opening March 30th so that the numbers could not be fairly represented on the above day".

The Chapel was evidently closed by 1937, as an Old Map of that year labels the premises as a "Club". Presumably this happened after 1932, and the formation of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, and the other Methodist Chapel in Main Street, became Breaston's Methodist Church.

As the name of the street where the Chapel stands is "Bourne Square", it is assumed this was one of Hugh Bourne's Chapels. It is quite plain, having a three bay front, with central doorway, and two tiers of rectangular windows, with a small dedication plaque (no longer readable) at the apex. Sadly, however, it is now (StreetView 2009) looking very run-down, and apparently not in current use.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK4606833505. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 12 Sep 2013 at 15:56.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:01:31 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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