Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Mission, Beeley
Primitive Methodist Mission   [no longer registered]
Beeley, 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 1800, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/19/34) records a place of worship with no name in "Beely" for a Primitive Methodist congregation in premises erected "before 1800", which were not separate and not used exclusively as a place of worship. All seating was free, but the meeting was well attended, as it had an estimated congregation of 50 on the evening of March 30th. The return was completed by Peter Bond, its Manager, whose gave his address as "Peter Bond, Mrs. Higgs, Beely, Bakewell, Derbyshire". His remarks were telling, and explain much about the meeting - "the reason I Put all free sittings and none others is because it is so for we worship the Lord in a [crossed out] some of the People sit on forms some on Chairs some on the sopha some on the table some on the shop stone and some stand behind the door".. He adds a footnote that the words he crossed out [which may have said "house" or "Cottage"] refer to a "Low Thatched house".

An examination of the 1851 Census for Beeley reveals a Fanny Higgs, widow aged 48, and a Charwoman. She had a son Peter Bond, aged 25, a General Lab, and 3 other children with the surname of Higgs. So presumably it was their home, and Peter was her son by a previous marriage. It hadn't been possible to trace where their residence might have been, and nothing further is known about this meeting - evidently it did not develop sufficiently for a permanent meeting place to be built, as I have not found any references to one in Directories. It is interesting, nevertheless.


Now or formerly Primitive 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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SK2646567436. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 7 Jan 2015 at 15:34.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:25:37 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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