Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Free United Methodist Chapel, Bradway, Norton
Free United Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Bradway Road, S17 4QX,
Bradway, 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 by 1867, but we understand it was closed about 1883, and the premises are now in secular use.

Harrod's Directory of 1870 records that there were Methodist Free Churches at Bradway, Greenhill and Holy Grove. The location of the one at Bradway may be seen on Old Maps of 1877 at the point where Bradway Road (then Bradway Lane) passes above Bradway Tunnel. The latter was excavated by the Midland Railway, as part of the railway joining Chesterfield (east of Bradway) with Sheffield, to the north. The line continues west from Bradway to Dore station, where it meets the line from Manchester, after which it turns north to Sheffield's Midland Station. The Chapel building itself is not marked, merely indicated by the label "Methodist Chapel (Free United)".

By the next series of Maps, dated 1898, the label is gone, and a building at, or close to its location is labelled as "Mission Room". This was probably what is referred to in Kelly's Directory of 1891 as a "Mission Room erected by the Midland Railway Co[mpany]". It is impossible to tell from Maps whether this replaced the Methodist Chapel, or whether it was an addition, but today, there are two buildings on the site, which together make up Bradway Community Hall, and one does look considerably older. On the other hand, according to an article in The Sheffield Star about the reopening of the Hall after a closure of 3 months for refurbishment - Hall reopens after revamp, dated 15th December 2009 - "the [older] building dates from the 1860s when it was used as a school for children of workmen building the Bradway railway tunnel".

That there is no reference to a Methodist Chapel suggests it was demolished, but it did, nevertheless exist, as a register of baptisms for "Methodist Chapel", Bradway for the period 1867-1883 has survived, and is available at Sheffield Archives.

Bradway was described in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as a hamlet in the parish of Norton, two miles to the south-west [of Norton]. The ancient parish of Norton was part of Derbyshire until 1933, when it was transferred to the borough of Sheffield.


Now or formerly Free 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 in the town/village nearest OS grid reference SK3326580331. 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 Bradway, Norton, 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 6 Jul 2016 at 07:28.

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This Report was created 18 May 2022 - 01:32:58 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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