Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Somercotes
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel,
Nottingham Road,
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 1849, but we understand it was closed before 1853.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/446/6/1/16) for "Somercotes Wesleyan Chapel" describes a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, built in 1849. It had free seating for 220, and 56 "other" sittings. The average congregation was 40 to afternoon services, and 180 in the evenings, with 135 and 70 Sunday Scholars respectively. Sunday mornings are noted as being "School". The return was completed by Bradley Mart, the building's Manager, whose address was "Birchwood Colliery, Nr. Alfreton, Derbyshire".

By 1852, as the entry in this database for St Thomas's Church, Somercotes indicates, the building had been sold to the Churchwardens of Riddings to build an Anglican chapel of ease to Riddings Church. It is doubtful now if anything of the original Methodist Chapel, built of brick, now survives, as St Thomas's was rebuilt in 1902.

The reason for the abandonment of the chapel, and its subsequent sale, is attributed to the schism in the Methodist Church. In later years, Wesleyan Reform, and Free Methodist Chapels were opened in Somercotes, and in 1860, a larger Wesley Chapel in Nottingham Road.


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 SK4237253794. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 20 Oct 2013 at 12:37.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 20:35:55 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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