Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Aldwark Methodist Church, Grange Mill, Bradbourne
Aldwark Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Aldwark, DE4 4HW,
Grange Mill, Bradbourne, 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 in 1829, 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 129/449/2/11/35 - District of Bakewell) records a "Preaching Room" in the "parish or place" of Aldwark, erected in 1829, not as a separate building, but used exclusively as a place of worship by a Wesleyan Methodist congregation. It had seating for 70, all free, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 37 in the afternoon, and 25 in the evening, with an average congregation of 30 over the previous 12 months. The return was completed by Benjn. S. Buxton, its Steward, of "Aldwark, Nr. Winster".

White's Directory of 1857 records that in 1851, Aldwark (recorded under the parish of Bradbourne) had 17 houses and 79 inhabitants - so about half of them must have attended services! It is described as "a township and small retired village", 5¾ miles west-north-west from Wirksworth. By the time Kelly's Directory of 1895 was published, however, the population had halved. Then, it was described as a township in the union of Bakewell, with 944 acres, and in 1891, with 43 inhabitants. In 1901 (Kelly, 1912) there were 36 inhabitants, and in 1921 (Kelly, 1932), 42, when it was described as a township 4 miles north [of Bradbourne], in the rural district of Bakewell, with 967 acres.

For such a scattered population it is surprising that it had a chapel at all! Yet Old Maps of 1968 show a building labelled as "Aldwark Methodist Church" very clearly. The same building, or if not the same, an earlier one with the same "footprint", is shown on Maps of 1877-1880 and 1898, and in 1922, it is labelled as "Mission Room". It is uncertain, therefore whether there was a continuous Methodist presence since the Preaching Room opened until at least 1968, but if the evidence of Maps can be believed it is certainly a possibility.

Needless to say, the building has now closed for worship, and is in private occupation, probably named "Chapelgates".


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 SK2290457386. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 31 Jan 2015 at 15:02.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:58:05 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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