Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Hackenthorpe Methodist Church (Demolished), Hackenthorpe, Beighton
Hackenthorpe Methodist Church (Demolished),
Main Street,
Hackenthorpe, 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 1830, but we understand it was closed in 1961.

The first documentary evidence of a Methodist Chapel in Hackenthorpe is provided by a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/509/1/1/3). It is named as "Hackenthorpe Chapel", with a Wesleyan Meth congregation meeting in a separate building erected in 1830, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 70, and 65 "other" sittings, and the average congregation was 74 attending afternoon service and 86 in the evening, with 46 Sunday Scholars attending a morning and afternoon class. The return was completed by Paul Dawes, a Trustee & Steward of the building, who gave his address as "Hackenthorpe Nr. Sheffield".

White's Directory of 1857 reported that "the Reformers have a small neat stone Chapel here, erected by the Wesleyans, several years ago". This probably explains why the only Methodist Chapel to be found on Old Maps of the 19th century is described as "Free United", as "most Wesleyan Reform churches in Derbyshire (except those in the Bakewell circuit) joined this denomination during the 1860s" [Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide]

The building is shown on the west side of Main Street, opposite, and a short distance north of Hackenthorpe Hall. By 1923, it was labelled as "U.M. Church", and by 1956 as "Hackenthorpe Methodist Church". By the following decade, although the building was still shown in outline on Maps, the congregation had transferred to a new building in Spa View Road. This is the address given in the catalogue of Nonconformist Registers at Sheffield Archives for baptisms 1863-1939, and 1939-1992; and marriages 1963-1970 and 1970-1991; but the registers obviously encompass both locations.

The transfer to Spa View Road occurred in 1961, according the following notice in The London Gazette of 12th September 1961 (p.6638) recording the closure of the Main Street premises:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that METHODIST CHURCH, Main Street, Hackenthorpe, in the registration district of Chesterfield, in the county of Derby, is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 24th July 1954, registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Acts, 1949 to 1959, has cancelled the registration. Dated 8th September 1961.


Now or formerly Free/United 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 SK4170983410. 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 Hackenthorpe, 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 19 Jul 2016 at 14:03.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:54:48 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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