Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Totley Methodist Chapel, Totley (Dore)
Totley Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Chapel Lane,
Totley (Dore), 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 1848, but we understand it was closed by 1971, and the premises are now in secular use.

The account of Totley Rise Chapel (under "Life in Totley" => "Places" on the Totley Local History Group website explains that this, the first Methodist Chapel in the township, was erected for a board of trustees which included, besides its local members, the august personages of George Bassett (of "Allsorts" fame), and Thomas Cole, founder of Cole Brothers department store in Sheffield (now a branch of John Lewis). The land for the Chapel was given by Job Green, landlord of the Cross Scythes Inn.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/507/2/3/5) for the place of worship known as "Wesleyan" in Totley (district of Sheffield East, Ecclesall Bierlow Union) describes a separate building, erected in 1848, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 12, 36 "other" sittings, and standing room for 100. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 15 in the morning, and 52 in the afternoon, with 34 and 41 Sunday Scholars respectively; against which the stated average was 60, with 50 Sunday Scholars. The return was completed by James Newbould, who described himself as "Superintendent of the Sabbath School held in the above-named Place of Worship". He gave his address as "Totley, near Sheffield, Derbyshire". He added that "During the Summer Season the Service is held afternoon and Night the Average number then would Amount to the number in the lower Collum, ie 110".

The building was obviously quite small, but was later enlarged, and remained open concurrently with the newer Totley Rise Chapel (also Wesleyan). Old Maps of 1959 indicate it was known as "Totley Methodist Chapel" - no doubt an attempt to distinguish between the two.

Its closure, as "Wesley Methodist Chapel, Totley" was recorded in The London Gazette of 20th July 1971 (p.7791) in a list of buildings which "have wholly ceased to be used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were certified"... I was unable to find a corresponding notice of its original certification, but according to the aforementioned notice of closure, it was dated 6th February 1861. Since then, the building has passed into secular use, and today (2015) goes by the name of "Chapel House".


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 SK3056379958. 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 Totley (Dore), 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 22 Mar 2015 at 15:38.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:02:50 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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