Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Chantrey Road Methodist Church (Demolished), Norton Woodseats
Chantrey Road Methodist Church (Demolished),
[8-10] Chantrey Road,
Norton Woodseats, 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 1876, but we understand it was closed by 1977.

Bulmer's Directory of 1895 records Norton Woodseats as a long straggling village on the Chesterfield Road, where "there is a Methodist New Connexion Chapel here, built in 1876", to which a new school was added in 1892, "at an expense of £600". It also mentions that the United Free Methodists also had a Chapel, built the same year (1876).

Intriguingly, it also records that "the Connexion here dates from 1797"; however I have been unable to find any mention of this elsewhere.

It was, nevertheless, a building of some importance, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 6th December 1889 (p.7021) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Methodist New Connexion Chapel, situate at Chantrey-road, Norton Woodseats, in the parish of Norton, in the county of Derby, in the district of Ecclesall Bierlow, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 30th day of November, 1889, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 3rd December 1889.

By 1912 however it had joined the United Methodist Churches. Kelly's Directory of that year records it as belonging to Sheffield South circuit, with Rev. George G. HORNBY M.A. its superintendent. No doubt also, in 1932, it would have become one of the Churches belonging to the Methodist Church of Great Britain, as confirmed in a notice published in the Gazette of 15th September 1977 (p.11768) recording its closure, which describes it as "METHODIST CHURCH, Chantry Road, Woodseats, Ecclesall". At that time there were two other Methodist Churches in the area, Mount View, in Derbyshire Lane, and Holmhurst Road Methodist Church, so one might assume it had become surplus to requirements.

In the present day, the Chapel, and Sunday School, which was next door, have been demolished, and a block of apartments now occupies the site; however registers of marriages do survive, for the period 1928-1977, and are held by Sheffield Archives.


Now or formerly New Connexion/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 SK3491883064. 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 Norton Woodseats, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 7 Jul 2016 at 13:18.

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This Report was created 5 Jul 2022 - 16:39:41 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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