Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Mission, Litton
Primitive Methodist Mission   [no longer registered]
Litton, 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 1846, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

Samuel Bagshaw's Directory of Derbyshire of 1846 records Litton as "a township and populous village, ¾ mile east from Tideswell... with a population principally employed in weaving, framework knitting (there being 100 stocking frames in the place), or at the extensive cotton factories in the township - a few are employed in lead mines". A Methodist chapel was erected in 1834, which is described elsewhere in this database, and "the Primitive Methodists occupy a room".

It has been impossible to determine where this room might have been; but the return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/19/22) for a "Dwelling House" in Litton, with a Primitive Methodist congregation, may describe it. The property was erected before 1800, and the meeting room was not as a separate dwelling, nor used exclusively as a place of worship. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 27 in the morning, and 66 in the evening - there is no entry on the form for how many seats were available. The return was completed by George Barratt, who described himself as "Local Preacher", of "Tideswell, Derbyshire".

Thus it has not been possible to determine if the property as described still exists, so in the absence of a firm, fixed location, the Grid Reference below centres on the Village Green.


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 SK1632575166. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 11 Feb 2015 at 12:16.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:53:52 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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