Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Coal Aston Methodist Church, Coal Aston, Dronfield
Coal Aston Methodist Church,
Eckington Road, S18 3AW,
Coal Aston, Dronfield, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does 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 1866, and we understand it is still open.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) records the Primitive Methodist chapel at Cold Aston under Dronfield, describing it as "stone and slate; elaborately rusticated front with segmented tablet dated 1866". All in all, an impressive free-standing building in best "19th century Gothic" style.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/5/3/8) for a Primitive Methodist Chapel in "Coal Aston Township in Dronfield Parish" describes a separate building, erected in 1833, used exclusively as a place of worship, "except for Sunday School". It had 70 free sittings, and 30 "other" sittings, and the usual number of attendants on the Sabbath was 30 in the afternoons, and 65 or 70 in the evenings. There were also Sunday School classes in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, attended by 56, 86, and 65 or 70 scholars, respectively. The return was completed by Francis Oldall, of "Coal Aston Nr. Dronfield, Derbyshire".

Presumably the return refers to the a forerunner of the 1866 building. This is also mentioned in White's Directory of 1857, under Coal Aston - "the Primitive Methodists have a small chapel here, erected in 1833 by subscription... it is a neat stone building, and will hold about 100".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 3rd March 1891 (p.1213) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Primitive Methodist Chapel, situate at Coal Aston, in the parish of Coal Aston, in the county of Derby, in the district of Chesterfield, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 26th day of February, 1891, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 26th February 1891.


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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK3629679583. 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 Coal Aston, Dronfield, 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 10 Dec 2018 at 11:04.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:23:00 GMT 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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