Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Chapel, West Handley, Eckington
Wesleyan Chapel   [no longer registered]
Main Road, S21 5RZ,
West Handley, 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 1796, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The location of this former Wesleyan Chapel can be seen on Old Maps from 1877. Maps of 1963-1966 show that by then it has been transferred to private ownership, known as "Greystoc House", whilst next door is a row of properties labelled "Chapel Cottages". A group of 4 properties behind it, also present in 1877, are labelled "Chapel Yard". I don't know whether this indicates the Chapel originally had a graveyard - it is certainly old enough to have done, as it predates the earliest available Map by nearly 100 years. The Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/4/1/4) for the "Wesleyan Chapel" at Handley describes a separate building erected in 1796, used exclusively as a "Place of Worship & Sunday School". It had free sittings for 130, and 44 "other" sittings, with standing room for 50; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 30 in the morning, and 100 in the evening, with 30 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. The return was completed by Aaron Bates, the Chapel Steward, who gave his address as "Handley Nr. Chesterfield".

"Handley", in this case appears to relate to West Handley. The combined hamlets of Nether, Middle and West Handley were originally in the parish of Staveley, but were transferred to the parish of Eckington in the 1970s.

Note: researchers should be aware that there is another Handley in Derbyshire, between Ashover and Stretton, so it is important to distinguish the two.


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 SK3972177334. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 26 Dec 2014 at 15:05.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:21:51 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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