Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Church, Cromford (Matlock Bath)
Primitive Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Scarthin Row (south side),
Cromford (Matlock Bath), 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 1850, but we understand it was closed in 1921, and the premises are now in secular use.

The building has a plaque stating this was the Primitive Methodist Chapel and a date of 1853, underneath which it says "Hitherto Hath the Lord Helped Us".

The formation of its congregation can probably be traced to meetings held in a room in "Scarthin Nick, Ecclesiastical District of Matlock Bath, Parish of Matlock", which began on 10th February 1850, described on the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/7/19). A "Primitive Methodist Preaching Room" opened on that date, providing free seating for 150, 42 "other" sittings, and standing room for 50. It was not a separate building, but was used exclusively as a place of worship. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 120 in the afternoon, and 140 in the evening, with 32 and 20 Sunday Scholars respectively. The return was completed by George Farnsworth, its Manager, who gave his address as "Chapel hill, Matlock". The average attendance figures for the previous 13 months were higher, which prompted him to remark that "the Congregation attending the Evening Service at this Room has been often so large that every sitting, & the Standing Room has been occupied".

Further details of its subsequent growth, from these impressive beginnings, are provided by Ann Andrews on her excellent webpage of Matlock Churches and Chapels. In particular, Ann notes that George Farnsworth "was still connected with the Chapel ten years later when the Primitive Methodists held their annual tea meeting"; that it closed in 1921, and is now a private house.

Note: I have not found any notices in The London Gazette relating to its registration for marriages.


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 was located at OS grid reference SK2934856993. 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 Cromford (Matlock Bath), 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 24 Jan 2015 at 10:03.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:13:09 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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