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Gleadless Methodist Church, Gleadless, Eckington
Gleadless Methodist Church,
Gleadless Road / Seagrave Avenue, Sheffield, S12 2LJ,
Gleadless, Eckington, Derbyshire.

Cemeteries

This Church has (or had) 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 1865, and we understand it is still open.

The area now known as Gleadless spans the ancient border between Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Gleadless Methodist Church is strictly speaking on the Sheffield side of the border, but is close enough to have been available to those still living in "the country", on the Derbyshire side. The boundary probably followed the line of the Shire Brook, separating the main settlement of Gleadless (on the Sheffield side) from "Gleadless Townend", on the Derbyshire side. The brook can still be seen from above, at the rear of the houses on the east side of Seagrave Crescent.

The Sheffield side of the divide belonged to the parish of Handsworth. This became part of Sheffield in 1921; however those living on the Derbyshire side had to wait until 1967 before being transferred to the City of Sheffield.

Gleadless Methodist Church is understood to have been "seeded" from Hollinsend Methodist Church, which was opened in 1858. A booklet available at the Sheffield Archives - Gleadless Methodist Church Centenary 1865-1965 - "100 years of Methodism" (1965) indicates this occurred a mere 7 years after.

The building is situated on the north east corner of the junction of Gleadless Road with Seagrave Crescent. Maps of the early 20th century show it to have been a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, with a similar layout and position to the present building. It is possible it also had a burial ground attached, as maps of 1950 show a "Chapel Yard" to the rear. By maps of 1971, this site is occupied by a Church Hall. This may be the same building that can be seen today, in between the Church and the Stonecroft Medical Centre, but I have my doubts, as it looks more recent. [Sources: Old Maps, Sheffield Archives, and Hollinsend Methodist Church (www.hollinsendmethodist.org.uk) website.

Denomination

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.

Maps

This Church is located at OS grid reference SK3835683345. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 9 Dec 2018 at 15:01.

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This Report was created 20 Oct 2021 - 23:08:09 BST 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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