Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Marsh Lane Wesley Church, Marsh Lane, Eckington
Marsh Lane Wesley Church,
Main Road (formerly Dronfield Road), S21 5RH,
Marsh Lane, Eckington, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 before 1891, but we understand it was closed by 1978.

The former Marsh Lane Methodist Church is a small building, of stone, with two lancet windows in front, on either side of a central doorway.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 11th August 1961 (p.5921) recorded its registration for marriages:

A building certified for worship named WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH, Dronfield Road, Marsh Lane, Eckington, in the registration district of Chesterfield in the county of Derby, was on 2nd August 1961, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949 as amended by section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act, 1958. Dated 4th August 1961.

Above the door is a notice-board indicating the building has been in the care of Marsh Lane Community Association since 1980. Above that again is a dedication plaque set into the stonework, which reads "Wesleyan Church", with a date below it, which unfortunately on a Google StreetView drive-past of 2014 was obscured by a banner advertising its current (secular) use. It is, however mentioned in Kelly's Directory of 1891, so is known to be open by then.

The notification of the cancellation of its registration for marriages - as "WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH, Dronfield Road, Marsh Lane" - was published in the Gazette of 6th November 1978 (p.13262).

The catalogue of Nonconformist Registers at Sheffield Archives indicates there is a register of baptisms for the period 1918-1976, with a note that any baptisms which took place during the period 1877-1914 are to be found in a register for the former Eckington Wesleyan Chapel. There is no mention of a marriage register, but potentially marriages may have taken place in a Methodist Chapel in Marsh Lane as early as 23rd September 1948, as a notice published in the Gazette of 13th April 1962 (p.3043) refers to the cancellation of the registration of "Methodist Church, Lightwood Road, Marsh Lane, Eckington" on that date. Possibly this is a reference to ancillary premises, as I have been unable to trace a separate building.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK4050779121. 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 Marsh Lane, Eckington, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 24 Dec 2014 at 16:06.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:06:51 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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