Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Ebenezer Chapel (Demolished), Ripley
Ebenezer Chapel (Demolished),
Nottingham Road,
Ripley, 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 1860, but we understand it was closed in 1962.

The Chapel was situated opposite the junction of Nottingham Road with New Street and Grosvenor Street, in what was known as "Cooperative Square", due to the presents of the co-op building nearby. There are photographs on the Picture The Past website, showing it in situ in 1910 (DCCS000950), 1963 (DCAV001493) and 1974 (DCAV002600). The description included with the 1963 photograph says it was erected in 1860 at a cost of £1,700 to accomodate 500 people.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide provides the information that its congregation were originally Wesleyan Reformers, who met firstly in a Lecture Hall, then in what is now Ripley Methodist Church, in Wood Street, moving to Nottingham Road in 1860. By this time, Wesleyan Reformers would have joined the United Methodist Free Churches, leading to DRO's classification of "Methodist Free/United Methodist".

Their list includes a register of baptisms for the period 1849-1961, and the information that it was closed in 1962. Descriptions with the above photographs explain that after it was closed, it was purchased by Ripley Co-Op, and its Sunday School (in the basement) became the public library. Its heating system was sent to the Science Museum in London, as it was one of the earliest examples of "small-bore" system, dating from the foundation of the chapel.

The Co-Op building, and The Maise next door to it are in 2013 still in existence, but the Chapel has been demolished, and its site now occupied by a car park.


Now or formerly Free/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 SK4008550535. 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 Ripley, 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 15 Dec 2013 at 11:54.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:08:16 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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