Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Sawley
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Wilne Road,
Sawley, 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 1823, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

This was Sawley's first Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. It was situated between the present Womens' Institute Hall, and a Car Dealership, a plot now occupied by a modern semi-detached house. Old Maps up to 1900-1901 show that next door to it, where the Car Dealership now stands, was a school, whilst the plot where the WI building now stands was occupied by various smaller buildings.

Its position, said to be in front of the WI building, is recorded on the website of its replacement, New Sawley Methodist Church. It was probably closed soon after the latter was built, in 1884.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/444/4/1/5) for the Wesleyan congregation in Sawley indicates they met in a separate building, built in 1823. It had free seating for 103, and 78 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 50 in the afternoon, and 90 in the evening, with 23 attending Sunday School class in the afternoon. The return was completed by Robert Tingle, its Steward.


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 SK4729731579. 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 Sawley, 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 24 Sep 2013 at 14:56.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 21:16:05 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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