Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Church, Pleasley
Wesleyan Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Chesterfield Road,
Pleasley, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 before 1899, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

This place of worship may have been built as a replacement for the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and Sunday School shown on Old Maps of 1875 on the Chesterfield Road, which had disappeared by 1899. It stood where the High Street, had it continued further in a north-easterly direction, would have met the Chesterfield Road.

The "new" Chapel, to the west of the centre of the village, was built on the north side of what was then the main road through the village, but has now been bypassed. It is a traditional red brick building, having a three-bay front, with central doorway, above which is a large three-light pointed-arched window. The sides are of five bays with two tiers of round-arched windows, and there is an ornate wrought iron entrance gate, all of which can be seen on a photograph of it as Chapel near Pit Lane on the Geograph website. In the heyday of the railways it was sandwiched between the two railway lines which ran through the parish - the London & North Eastern, and London, Midland & Scottish, which had a station. As a consequence, it was sometimes referred to as the Chapel by the Station.

It may have been the Wesleyan Chapel mentioned in The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5, as built in 1894, at Pleasley Hill. It was certainly in existence by 1899, as shown on Old Maps of that year. Its closure is recorded by the following notice in The London Gazette of 7th January 1971 (p.241):

The Registrar General, being satisfied that METHODIST CHAPEL, Chesterfield Road, Pleasley, in the registration district of Chesterfield in the County of Derbyshire is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 14th June 1901, registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act, 1836, has cancelled the registration. Dated 29th December 1970.

The premises are now in commercial use.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK5012264601. 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 Pleasley, 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 1 Dec 2013 at 14:21.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:29:58 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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