Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Association Chapel (Demolished), Clowne
Wesleyan Association Chapel (Demolished),
Church Street (south side),
Clowne, 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 1845, but we understand it was closed before 1898.

Clowne appears to have had a plethora of Methodist Chapels. Three are named in White's Directory of 1857 - a "small neat stone chapel" for Wesleyan Methodists, "erected by subscription in 1837, at a cost of £80, which will seat 60 persons"; a Wesleyan Association chapel, which is "situated nearly in the centre of the village... a neat brick building, [which] will hold about 100"; and the Primitive Methodists' "small stone chapel, erected in 1834, which will accommodate about 80". Old Maps of 1877 show all three, the Wesleyan and Primitive Chapels labelled explicitly, and what I assume was the Association Chapel as simply "Meth. Chapel".

There are corresponding returns to the Religious Census of 1851 for all three. Both Wesleyan, and the Wesleyan Association Chapels appear to have been named "Ebenezer", with separate returns, HO 129/436/4/3/5 and HO 129/436/4/3/11. The latter had an average congregation of 20 to afternoon services, and 40 in the evening, with 7 Sunday Scholars in the afternoon. The return was completed by Thos. W Pearson, Minister, of Worksop, Notts. He was also Minister for a Wesleyan Association Chapel in Creswell. Perhaps the building was shared with the Wesleyan Methodists originally, but it would appear from White's Directory that by 1857, they were meeting in separate premises. And certainly Old Maps of 1877 show 3 separate premises.

The Wesleyan Association Chapel, as White's Directory says, was situated almost in the centre of the village, close to The Cross. It is not known when the building closed, but it is no longer shown on Old Maps of 1898, by which time a Free Methodist Church had opened in the High Street, which may have been built to replace the earlier building.

Note: the United Methodist Free Churches were formed in 1857 jointly from the Wesleyan Methodist Association who seceded in 1836, and the majority of the Wesleyan Methodist Reformers, who seceded, or were expelled in 1849, so there would have been a connection.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Association.

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 SK4916875431. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 4 Nov 2014 at 13:08.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:16:44 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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