Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Hackney Primitive Methodist Chapel, Darley Dale
Hackney Primitive Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Greenway Lane, DE4 2QB,
Darley Dale, 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 1848, but we understand it was closed about 1908, and the premises are now in secular use.

There is a postcard reproduced on p.90 of Images of England - Matlock and Matlock Bath (Tempus Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-7524-2455-6) showing four Primitive Methodist Chapels in the Matlock area - at Matlock, Matlock Moor, Starkholmes (Fox Memorial), and Hackney. Its appearance, and the setting, overlooking the Derwent valley, makes it possible to identify it as a building which is at present (as of Google StreetView, 2009) in commercial use, as a joiners and undertakers. It is situated on the south-west corner of the junction of Greenway Lane with Grove Lane, has sides of 3 bays with round-arched windows, facing north towards Greenway Lane, and a small porch at the east end.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/6/11) describes "Upper Hackney Chapel" as a separate building, erected in 1848, used exclusively as a place of worship by a Primitive Methodist congregation. It had free seating for 67, and 36 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 51 in the afternoon, with 40 Sunday Scholars (no other services or classes). The return was completed by Benjamin Parks, its Steward, who gave his address as "Upper Hackney, Near Matlock, Derbyshire".

It is shown as "Methodist Chapel (Primitive)" on Old Maps of 1879-1880, but on the next available Map (1922) it had become a Sunday School, probably after a new building to replace it was erected, which later became known as Hackney Methodist Church. The latter was erected in 1908, so presumably the change-over of the original building to Sunday School usage occurred at the same time, or shortly after.


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 SK2849862223. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 16 Jan 2015 at 14:19.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 04:38:32 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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