Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Dronfield
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Snape Hill / Sheffield Road,
Dronfield, 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 by 1877, but we understand it was closed by 1942.

The location of this Chapel is shown on Old Maps of 1899, 1919 and 1938, close to the junction of what is now Sheffield Road and Snape Hill Lane. It was described in 1899 as Wesleyan Methodist, and according to Kelly's Directory of 1932, it was built in 1879, with seating for 150.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 20th October 1942 (p.4559), recording the cancellation of its registration for marriages, suggests a date of foundation at least two years earlier (the original notice of registration has not been found):

NOTICE is hereby given that the Place of Meeting for religious worship described as WESLEY METHODIST CHAPEL situated at Dronfield in the civil parish of Dronfield in the registration district of Chesterfield in the county of Derby which was duly certified for worship on the 3rd day of July, 1877, has wholly ceased to be used as a Place of Meeting for religious worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was so certified, and that the Registrar-General has caused the record of the certification thereof to be cancelled pursuant to the Act 18 & 19 Vict., c.81 from the 17th day of October 1942. Dated 17th October 1942.

Some seven years later, in 1949, according to the website of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Dronfield, "a disused Methodist chapel on Snape Hill was given to Dronfield Catholics by George Lunt of Woodseats". This take-over is evident on Old Maps of 1958-1959, as a building with the same footprint is labelled as "The Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit (R.C)". This was superseded by a new, dedicated Catholic Church erected in Stonelow Road in 1967; and in due course, the old Wesleyan Chapel was demolished, its site being laid down to lawn.


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 Chapel was located at OS grid reference SK3532378575. 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 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 3 Feb 2019 at 10:17.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:09:37 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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