Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Stony Houghton, Pleasley
Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Green Lane / Water Lane,
Stony Houghton, Pleasley, Derbyshire.


We don't know whether this Chapel 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 1827, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

An account of the History relating to the Verney Institute on the Pleasley Parish Council website records that in 1827 a Sunday School was erected in Stony Houghton by William Crookes, at a cost of £60. It was a plain stone building, and was also used as a place of worship by the Primitive Methodists. Its position (as a Primitive Methodist Chapel) is shown on Old Maps of 1876-1877 at the "triangle" formed by the junction of Water Lane with Green Lane; however on a similar Map of 1898 it is noted as "disused".

Interestingly, it was the only non-conformist place of worship in Pleasley parish recorded on the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/437/2/1/3). It was a separate building, named "Houghton Sunday School", erected in 1827 of which it was said that "it is used exclusively for a Sunday School and place of Worship". There were free sittings for 80, and the estimated congregation on the afternoon of March 30th was 54 worshippers and 22 Sunday Scholars. The return was completed by Frances Handley, its Steward, who gave his(?) address as "Houghton, via Mansfield, Nottinghamshire".

The Maps also show a place called "Houghton Bassett" further along Green Lane, to the north-west of the Chapel. This name now appears to have been "lost", but appears to have referred to the part of the township which was in Upper Langwith parish, mentioned by Kenneth Cameron in The Place-Names of Derbyshire (1959).


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 SK4943766470. 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 Stony Houghton, 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 3 Dec 2013 at 09:04.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:28:46 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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