Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Creswell Chapel, Creswell, Elmton
Creswell Chapel,
Mansfield Road,
Creswell, Elmton, 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 1835, but we understand it was closed by 1896.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/436/4/4/12) for "Creswell Chapel" describes a separate building erected "about 1835" for a Wesleyan Methodist Association congregation, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It provided free seating for 40, and 45 "other" sittings, and the average congregation was 40 at morning and evening services, and 30 Sunday Scholars at morning classes. The return was completed by Thos. W. Pearson, its Minister, who lived in Worksop, Notts. He remarked that "a day School has been occationally tought in this Chapel". [sic]

It hasn't been possible to locate this building for certain, but Old Maps of 1875 show there was a (Wesleyan) Methodist Chapel on the west side of Mansfield Road, opposite its junction with a road leading to Creswell Farm, and adjacent to a drive which is today named Fielding's Road. It is no longer shown on the next series of Old Maps, dated 1898, by which time, a Methodist Free Church had been built on the opposite side of the road, further to the north.

The majority of the Wesleyan Association Churches would, of course, have joined the United Methodist Free Churches in 1857, so it is possible that the congregation had already switched its allegiance prior to the opening of the new building.


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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SK5281874147. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 7 Dec 2014 at 11:56.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:42:37 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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