Derbyshire Places of Worship

Default Image Sorry, we do not have an Image of this Place of Worship We do not have a
Photograph at present.

Image by courtesy of
Congregational Chapel, Ripley
Congregational Chapel   [no longer registered]
Butterley Hill,
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 1865, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/446/4/2/14) indicates that at that time, Ripley had a Presbyterian Chapel, erected as a separate building in 1817-1818, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had seating for (looks like) "about 300 humbel person" with an average congregation of between 12 and 24. The return was completed by Ebon C. Jones, its Minister, of "Duffield Nr. Derby".

This may have been the forerunner of Ripley's Congregational Chapel, which Kelly's Directory of 1912 records was erected in 1865, with seating for 200.

Old Maps show it as a square building, which in the present day can be seen best from the rear via Pentrich Road, as extensions to the side and front make it difficult to appreciate its original form from the front.

It is now (2013) the home of Butterley Social Club.

Purely as a matter of interest, "Ebon C Jones" was recorded on the 1851 National Census (HO107 2144/0790) at 129 Town Street, Duffield. He was a widower, born Corridigan, South Wales, about 1781 (aged 70). Living with him were an unmarried daughter, Kath H. Jones, aged 28, born Duffield, and a servant Lucy Smith, aged 47, born Shottle. He was described as "Presbyterian Minister".


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 SK3994950876. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 15 Dec 2013 at 12:13.

Search for other Places of Worship in Derbyshire, or in another County in this Database

Please choose a County by selecting one of the Tabs below.
Note: you MUST choose a County - searching all four at once is not an option!

Search Tips:

You can specify either a Place, or OS Grid Reference to search for. When you specify a Place, only entries for that place will be returned, with Places of Worship listed in alphabetical order. If you specify a Grid Reference, Places of Worship in the immediate vicinity will be listed, in order of distance from the Grid Reference supplied. The default is to list 10, but you can specify How Many you want to see, up to a maximum of 100.

You can further refine your search by supplying other search terms.

Please note the above provides a search of selected fields in the Derbyshire section of the Places of Worship Database on this site ( only. For other counties, or for a full search of the Database, you might like to try the site's Google Custom Search, which includes full webpage content.

Further Information

This site provides historical information about churches, other places of worship and cemeteries. It has no affiliation with the churches or congregations themselves, nor is it intended to provide a means to find places of worship in the present day.

Please also remember that the former Congregational Chapel is understood to be in secular use, so care should be taken to preserve the privacy of its occupants.

Do not copy any part of this page or website other than for personal use or as given in our Terms and Conditions of Use.

You may wish to take a look at our About the Places of Worship Database page for an overview of the information provided, and any limitations which may be present.

This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 16:12:47 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.

URL of this page:
Logo by courtesy of the Open Clip Art Library