Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Bakewell Methodist Church, Bakewell
Bakewell Methodist Church,
Matlock Street, DE4 1EE,
Bakewell, 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 1799, and we understand it is still open.

The present Bakewell Methodist Church building was erected during the 1860s, but the foundation of a Wesleyan congregation in Bakewell dates back to the previous century. The return to the Religious Census of 1851 for "Bakewell Wesleyan Methodist Chapel" (HO 129/449/1/1/7) describes a separate building, erected in 1799, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 70, and 150 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 75 in the morning, and 130 in the evening, with 45 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. It was completed by Moses Rayner, "One of the Ministers", living in "Bakewell, Derbyshire".

Its next known appearance in official records was the following notice in The London Gazette of 18th March 1862 (p.1480):

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, situated at Matlock-street, Bakewell, in the parish of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell Union, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 12th day of March, 1862, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 13th March 1862.

According to Bakewell - the Ancient Capital of the Peak (Halsgrove, 2005), this building was on the opposite (east) side of Matlock Street to the present Church - where London House is now (in fact, a little to the north, rather than directly opposite). Subsequent notices published in the Gazette of 21st June 1867 (p.3489), and 11th October 1867 (p.5440) for "Wesleyan Chapel, situate at Matlock-street, Bakewell" document the change of premises to the present building. Harrod's Directory of 1870 provides the date of 1867, and records that it was in memory of the late Dr. Bunting. The then minister was Rev. John Howard. I was unable to find out who Dr. Bunting was.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide includes records of baptisms from the Bakewell Wesleyan Methodist Circuit for the period 1807-1876 (no mention of marriages). The Circuit was founded in 1808.

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Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 SK2183868293. 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 Bakewell, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 12 Feb 2015 at 13:13.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:23:52 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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