Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Zion Chapel, Bakewell
Zion Chapel,
Buxton Road (formerly Mill Street),
Bakewell, 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 1887, but we understand it was closed in 1985.

Bakewell - the Ancient Capital of the Peak (Halsgrove, 2005, p.63) records that the Wesleyan Reform movement opened their chapel in Buxton Road (then Mill Street) in 1887. "It fitted neatly into the slope of Little Bagshaw Hill, with its main entrance on Buxton Road ... in its heyday was much loved, and well attended".

The building is set behind a house, so is not directly visible from Buxton Road. It can, however be seen in profile to be of two storeys, with sides of four bays, an upper tier of round-arched windows. The ornamental turret at its west end can be seen from Bagshaw Hill.

No notice of its registration for marriages has been found, but a cancellation was recorded in the following notice in The London Gazette of 18th July 1994 (p.10236):

The Registrar General, being satisfied that ZION CHAPEL, Buxton Road, Bakewell, in the registration district of Bakewell, in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire and ... are no longer used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act 1836, has cancelled their registrations. Dated 12th July 1994.

In fact, according to the above-mentioned Halsgrove publication, it was closed in 1985, as a consequence of the building requiring expensive repairs. At the time of going to press (2005) it had become a builder and joiner's workshop.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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 SK2167368611. 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 Bakewell, 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 14 Feb 2015 at 15:30.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:47:04 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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