Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Chapel (Demolished), Alfreton
Wesleyan Chapel (Demolished),
Chapel Street,
Alfreton, 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 1809, but we understand it was closed in 1885.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/446/5/1/6) for a "Methodist Chapel" with a congregation of "Wesleyan" describes a separate building, used exclusively for religious worship. The column on the form for "when erected" has been answered as "Chapel Street". There was free seating for 254, and 186 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 35 in the afternoon, with 38 Sunday Scholars, and 60 in the evening. This was lower than averages of 50 in the afternoons and 150 in the evenings, as according to William Wray, who completed the form, "the decrease of Attendance owing to the Mischievous efforts of a party of Radicals calling themselves Reformers who have seceded from our Society". Wray signed as Steward, and gave his address as "Tailor & Draper, Alfreton".

The return, above, provides no date of foundation of the Chapel, however an Archaeological Assessment Report for Alfreton, available on the Amber Valley Borough Council website, records that Wesleyan Methodists erected their first Chapel in 1809, in Chapel Street. The building is marked on Old Maps of 1880 on the east side of Chapel Street, in a rural setting, surrounded on 3 sides by fields and trees. It was superseded in 1885 by a new building in the High Street.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK4113155651. 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 Alfreton, 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 20 Dec 2013 at 08:03.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:43:14 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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