Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Lower Somercotes Chapel (Demolished), Somercotes
Lower Somercotes Chapel (Demolished),
Lower Somercotes,
Somercotes, 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 1839, but we understand it was closed before 1895.

This was the first Primitive Methodist Chapel to be built in the older part of Somercotes, known a Lower Somercotes, after the modern village of "Upper Somercotes" grew up on the hill top, following the enclosure of Somercotes Common in 1823.

White's Directory of 1857 says it was built in 1839, and enlarged in 1852. There is an old postcard of what was probably the 1852 enlargement on the Picture The Past website, showing a large "Gothic" building, having a nave, with clerestory windows, "north" and "south" aisles, and steps leading up to a central entrance, over which was a large pointed-arched window. Other photographs on the site show its replacement, closer to the centre of the modern Somercotes, and on the opposite side of the road - now itself redundant.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/446/5/1/4) for the "Primitive Methodist Chapel" at "Somercotes in the parish of Alfreton" describes a separate building built in 1839 exclusively as a place of worship and Sunday School. It had free seating for 80, and 200 "other" sittings. The usual number of attendants on the Sabbath was 30 in the afternoon, and 50 in the evening, but with 130 Sunday Scholars at both morning and afternoon classes. The return was completed by William Batison, of Greenhill Lane, Alfreton. [Other Source: Johnson, Reginald - A History of Alfreton (1968) via Peter & Janet Kirk]


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 SK4300153407. 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 Somercotes, 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 19 Oct 2013 at 14:51.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:06:01 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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