Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Original Methodist Chapel, Cressbrook, Litton
Original Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
[23 Lower Wood Cottages], SK17 8SY,
Cressbrook, Litton, 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 1836, but we understand it was closed in 1931, and the premises are now in secular use.

The booklet Behind the View - Life & Times in Cressbrook (2005) attributes the introduction of Methodism in Cressbrook to John OLDFIELD, who came here to live from Tideswell. Meetings were held originally in his house, continuing until the building of Trinity Chapel in 1931.

Whilst there is no doubt that Trinity Chapel was founded as Primitive Methodist, the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/19/21) describes only a Wesleyan Methodist congregation. Meetings in "Cress-brook, Township of Litton, Parish of Tideswell" were held in a building erected in 1836, which was not separate, and not used exclusively as a place of worship - which probably equates to a room in someone's house. It had seating for 70, all free, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 44 in the morning, and 57 in the evening (no Sunday School). The return was completed by Nicholas Palfreyman, who described himself as "Class Leader", with an address of "Cressbrook, Nr. Bakewell".

The above-mentioned booklet refers to the original meeting place as 23 Lower Wood Cottages - or "Chapel House" - a name known to have been used locally, and within living memory of some of Cressbrook's older residents.


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 SK1708873097. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 8 Feb 2015 at 15:39.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 17:17:20 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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