Derbyshire Places of Worship

We have 1 Image Elder Yard Chapel, Chesterfield (113k) Above Photograph(s)
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Elder Yard Chapel, Chesterfield
Elder Yard Chapel,
Elder Way, S40 1UR,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire.


This Chapel 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 1694, and we understand it is still open.

Elder Yard Chapel is recorded in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as the oldest dissenting place of worship in the town. Indeed, it continues to maintain its reputation in the present day, ably summed up in the final paragraph of the account of The Old Meeting House - The Story of Elder Yard Chapel, Chesterfield, on Tom Bates 'About Derbyshire' website:

"The legacy left behind by those who have gone before has ensured the future of this historic old Meeting House and it continues to flourish and provide a peaceful haven for the people of the town, and a place of worship for the Nonconformist Dissenters of Chesterfield - as it has done for over 300 years".

I cannot speak too highly of Tom's site. There is a wealth of interesting articles to capture one's interest, as for instance the History of Chesterfield Market, dating back to 1204 (or earlier) when the Lord of the Manor was granted the right to hold Tuesday and Saturday markets, "and an annual fair each September, which lasted for eight days from the feast of the exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th to the autumnal equinox on the 22nd".

The image (above) of Elder Yard Chapel which accompanies this account is a reproduction of a wood-cut from Pictures of Unitarian Churches, by Emily Sharpe (1901), available in the Document Library of The Unitarians. The text at the bottom of the image reads:

Elder Yard Chapel, Chesterfield (Derbyshire).
Built in 1694, and an addition made at the east end in 1823.

[Image reproduced by kind permission of James Barry, Unitarian Church HQ]


Now or formerly Presbyterian/Unitarian.

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 is located at OS grid reference SK3832571232. 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 Chesterfield, 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 13 Dec 2018 at 10:38.

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This Report was created 30 Nov 2023 - 20:10:42 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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