Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel, Mellor
Primitive Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Moor End Road, SK6 5NQ,
Mellor, 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 1827, but we understand it was closed by 1972, and the premises are now in secular use.

This former Methodist Chapel is situated on the north side of Moor End Road, with its longest side facing the road, and an entrance in the side, through a round-arched doorway. It is single storey, and there are four rectangular windows on the road side. There is an oblong plaque above the doorway, which contains an inscription. The lettering is enclosed in an oval "frame", and is very eroded, but it is just possible to read the letters "PRIM..." and a date, of 1827.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/457/2/6/11) describes a Primitive Methodist Chapel in Mellor, built in 1827. It was a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, and had free seating for 190, and 60 "other" sittings. The estimated congregation on 30th March was 35 in the afternoon, and 100 in the evening, with 47 Sunday Scholars attending an afternoon class. The return was completed by John Middleton, a Chapel Steward, who gave his address as "Sycamore Cottage, Mellor, Derbyshire, Near Stockport".

It does not appear to have been registered for marriages, so it hasn't been possible to discover a precise date of closure. Certainly, by Maps of 1972, it was labelled simply as "Hall", and in October 1985, when it acquired Listed Building status, the British Listed Buildings website records it in secular use, as First Mellor and Marple Bridge Scout Headquarters. Their description confirms that it was formerly a Chapel, and that the inscription on the plaque above the entrance does read "Primitive Methodist", so evidently it was readable at the time.


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 SJ9875788574. 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 Mellor, 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 29 Jul 2016 at 13:58.

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This Report was created 16 Aug 2022 - 14:58:53 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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