Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Greenhill Wesleyan Chapel, Greenhill, Norton
Greenhill Wesleyan Chapel,
[81A] Greenhill Main Road,
Greenhill, Norton, 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 1823, but we understand it was closed about 1955.

This was Greenhill's first place of Methodist worship. It is situated on the north side of Greenhill Main Road, between two cottages, numbered (on Maps of 1969-1970) as #81 and #83.

Bulmer's Directory of 1895 records that it was built in 1823, and renovated in 1888. Greenhill itself is described as "an ancient and considerable village, 1½ miles S.W. from Norton church".

The building has a narrow frontage, with a central porch, which has a left-side doorway approached by a flight of steps. There is a tall window of 8 panes on either side of the porch, and a round-arched window above it, with carved stonework surround. Above each side window are rectangular plaques. The left one cannot be read, but the one on the right reads "Renovated 1888", so one might assume the left one refers to its foundation.

The frontage of the building is, however, only half of the story. On Maps of 1969-1970, an extension to the rear is labelled as "Sunday School", and there appears to be a corridor joining it to Greenhill Methodist Church, in School Lane. So whilst the building is today closed for worship, perhaps it has been retained by its former "rival", originally a Free Methodist Chapel, built in 1859.

Ironically, perhaps, whilst the latter is the main place of Methodist worship today, the Wesleyan Chapel is the only one to have registers deposited at Sheffield Archives. These cover the period 1876-1955. At the time of publication of Kelly's Directory of 1895, it was said to belong to Brunswick Chapel, Sheffield circuit, with the Rev. Henry OYSTON its superintendent.


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 SK3466481174. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 4 Jul 2016 at 15:43.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 06:34:15 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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