Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Matlock Green Independent Chapel (Demolished), Matlock
Matlock Green Independent Chapel (Demolished),
Matlock Green / Lime Tree Road,
Matlock, 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 1848, but we understand it was closed after 1866.

This Independent (or Congregational) Church was founded in 1848 on Matlock Green. The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/7/24) records it as "Independent Chapel", and describes it as a separate building, erected in September 1848, used exclusively as a place of worship for a congregation of "Congregational Dissenters". It had free sittings for 80, and 170 "other" sittings; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 93 in the morning, and 174 in the evening, with 92, and 94 Sunday Scholars respectively attending a morning and afternoon class. These figures differed little from the average stated over the previous 6 months, except there were normally 3 Sunday School classes. The return was completed by John Whewell, its Minister, who gave his address as "Matlock, Derbyshire".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 30th May 1851 (p.1419) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a building, named the Independent Chapel, situate at Matlock Green, in the parish of Matlock, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell Union, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 22nd day of May 1851, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 26th May 1851.

White's Directory of 1857 records it as "a large handsome chapel situated on the Green... erected in 1848", adding that in 1845 [1854?] "a large Sunday school was added at the back of it".

Notwithstanding such a glowing account, it was replaced by a new building, situated just south of the junction of Smedley Street with Chesterfield Road, which opened in 1866. The new building is described elsewhere in this database.

It is not known for sure where in Matlock Green the original building was situated; however the Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide may provide a clue. It records it under several names - "United Reformed Church, Lime Tree Road", "Matlock Green Congregational Chapel", and "Matlock Bank Congregational Chapel". "Lime Tree Road" (formerly "Limetree Lane") was (I assume) its original address, so possibly it was situated on the west side of Lime Tree Road, a short distance beyond its junction with Matlock Green, where in 1880, there was a School (for Boys & Girls), and in 1899, a Sunday School. There is, however, no evidence of either School or Chapel at this location in the present day.


Now or formerly Independent/Congregational.

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 SK3029259919. 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 Matlock, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 26 Jan 2015 at 13:38.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 02:51:19 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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