Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel, Bonsall
Primitive Methodist Chapel,
High Street, DE4 2AS,
Bonsall, 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 by 1850, but we understand it was closed before 1898.

White's Directory of 1857 records that the Primitive Methodists built a chapel in Bonsall in 1852 "of stone, at a cost of about £200, exclusive of £65 for the site; it will seat about 150". The formation of its congregation does however predate the chapel, as the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/447/6/11/21) records a group of Primitive Methodists meeting in the High Street from at least 9 months prior to then.

The meeting place had no name, was not separate, and was not used exclusively as a place of worship. It had seating for 70, all free, and standing room for 30; and the estimated number of worshippers on the evening of March 30th was 98, compared with an average over the previous 9 months of 95. There was no Sunday School. The return was completed by George Samuel Ward, their Class Leader, who gave his address as "Bonsall, Matlock, Derbyshire".

The building itself was said to have been erected "before 1800", but this is probably not an indication of the foundation of the congregation, but of the building itself. Seemingly, the congregation was an active one, leading to the building of the Chapel. However this enthusiasm was not to last, as by 1899, the building is labelled on Old Maps as a "Temperance Hall".

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire, (1986) describes it as "former Primitive Methodist", with a tablet dated 1852, and now (ie at the time of their publication) dedicated for the worship by an "Assembly of God" congregation, as indeed it remains today.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK2781858462. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 6 Mar 2015 at 15:34.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 05:54:05 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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