Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Beighton Methodist Church, Beighton
Beighton Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Robin Lane, S20 1BB,
Beighton, 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 in 1890, but we understand it was closed by 2018, and the premises are now in secular use.

Beighton Methodist Church is a typical late 19th century building, with sides of four bays, and a three-bay front, with central doorway, on either side of which is a tall round-arched window. An unusual feature above the porch is a group of three similar, smaller windows, in a "venetian" arrangement; and an inscription set within an embossed triangle in the gable reads "Erected / A 1890 D / Primitive / Methodist Church".

In spite of the address of "Woodhouse Road" (which appears not to exist in Beighton in the present day), the following notice in The London Gazette of 5th May 1903 (p.2868) probably recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHURCH, situated at Woodhouse-road, Beighton, in the civil parish of Beighton, in the county of Derby, in Chesterfield registration district, was, on the twenty-ninth April, 1903, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated 30th April 1903.

As far as I can tell, the nearest to Woodhouse Road is Woodhouse Lane, which was labelled as "Robin Lane" on Old Maps of 1877-1892at a time when the present Robin Lane was unlabelled, so perhaps that is how the confusion arose. Certainly none of the Old Maps show it ever had a Chapel, whereas the building in Robin Lane is clearly marked, in 1898 as "Methodist Chapel (Primitive)", in 1923 as "Prim Meth Chapel", in 1938 "Meth Ch.", and in 1956 "Bethel Meth Ch".

"Bethel" celebrated its Centenary in 1990 with a musical evening and Flower Festival. The interior of the church was decked with flowers for the occasion, which included recitals on organ and piano, and a singer. A 30-minute film was made of the occasion, which has been lodged in the "Yorkshire Film Archive" (Film Id: YFA 4419)

The above information was compiled in 2016, but I understand that building has since closed. At the time of writing (2018), an Estate Agent's website indicated it had been sold for commercial use as office space. It was said to have a Kitchen, Meeting room, and car parking space, and to be "open plan".


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 at OS grid reference SK4367983741. 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 Beighton, 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 9 Dec 2018 at 15:36.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:21:16 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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