Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Clowne
Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
High Street (north side),
Clowne, 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 1829, but we understand it was closed in 1877.

Details of the foundation, and history of this Chapel may be found on the Clowne Methodist Church website, in the document A Brief History of Primitive Methodism in Clowne, provided by David Smith.

The society was formed in 1829. The location of their (presumed) first Chapel, on the north side of the High Street, can be seen on Old Maps of 1877, labelled as "Methodist Chapel (Primitive)". Interestingly, if I have identified it correctly, the new property which now occupies its site has an out-building with a small turret, reminiscent of a place of worship, or clock tower.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/436/4/3/6) for Clowne's "Primitive Methodist Chapel" describes it as erected in 1834 as a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship with free seating for 30, and 32 "other" sittings. The usual number of attendants on the "Sabbath", at the only service of the day, in the evening, was 40; and the return was completed by George Pepper, of "Clown, Nr. Worksop".

According to the above Brief History, the Pepper family were the "movers and shakers" in getting Primitive Methodism off the ground in Clowne. Charles Pepper, George's father, was a local preacher, and is noted as subscribing "a shilling towards the installation costs of 'an efficient stove in the parish church'", hence the Peppers "probably retained some sympathy with the Anglican Church".


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 SK4878675332. 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 Clowne, 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 4 Nov 2014 at 11:51.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 04:39:22 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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