Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Bethesda Methodist Chapel, Codnor
Bethesda Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Heanor Road / Nottingham Road,
Codnor, 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 1854, but we understand it was closed in 1980, and the premises are now in secular use.

This is (or was) a medium sized chapel, with two tiers of rectangular windows at the front, filled with decorative glass. The central doorway has an elegant canopy above it. The sides are of 4 bays, with similar windows to those at the front in the upper tier, but the lower openings have been filled in. A date stone in the gable at the front reads "1854"; Old Maps of 1900 indicate it was a Free United Methodist Chapel, and Old Maps of 1968-1970 indicate it was known as "Bethesda Methodist Church".

The following notice published in The London Gazette of 13th November 1980 (p.15788) indicates its closure:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that BETHESDA METHODIST CHURCH, junction of Heanor and Nottingham Roads, Codnor in the registration district of Ilkeston in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 1st June 1875 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 7th November 1980.

It was the last of the three "old" Methodist Chapels marked on Maps of 1900 to close, all of them presumably, being superseded by Codnor Methodist Church, a modern building in Mill Lane. It was built originally for a breakaway group of Wesleyan Reformers, from the original Wesleyan Chapel in Codnor, in Heanor Road. There is more information about this, and about other Chapels in Codnor on the Codnor & District Local History & Heritage website.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform/United 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 SK4200049541. 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 Codnor, 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 12 Nov 2013 at 11:38.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:05:43 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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