Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Methodist Chapel & School in One (Demolished), Renishaw, Eckington
Methodist Chapel & School in One (Demolished),
Renishaw Iron Works,
Renishaw, Eckington, 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 1850, and it has since been demolished, but we don't know when.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/4/2/11) is especially useful, in providing a specific location for this meeting of a Reform Methodist congregation - "Renishaw Iron Works, Eckington Parish". It is described as "Methodist Chapel & School in One", erected in 1850 as a separate building used exclusively as a "Chappel and Sunday School". There was seating for 50, all free, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 70 in the afternoon, and 40 in the evening. The return was completed by its "Superintendant" John Hadfield, who gave his address as "Eckington Chesterfield, Derbyshire".

The Iron Works ("Renishaw Foundry") remained in existence into the 1960s, but it is likely the Chapel connected with it was closed, probably by the time a separate United Methodist Free Chapel was opened on the Main Street, as the bulk of Wesleyan Reformers in Derbyshire united with Wesleyan Association Methodists to create the United Methodist Free Churches in 1857; and this may have provided the incentive to build a new Chapel, independent of the Iron Works.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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 SK4483978002. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 25 Dec 2014 at 11:49.

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This Report was created 28 Nov 2023 - 15:45:36 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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