Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Dronfield Woodhouse Methodist Church, Dronfield Woodhouse
Dronfield Woodhouse Methodist Church   [no longer registered]
Holmesfield Road, S18 8UA,
Dronfield Woodhouse, 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 1848, but we understand it was closed by 2010, and the premises are now in secular use.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide records the Wesleyan Chapel in Dronfield Woodhouse as having a "gabled front with shaped kneelers". It is situated on the west side of Holmesfield Road, opposite its junction with Carr Lane, and is built of a fresh-looking sandstone. There is a central porch, approached by a flight of steps, and on either side of it is a round-arched window with decorative glass. Above is a datestone which reads "Wesleyan 1848".

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/5/1/2) for the Wesleyan Chapel at "Woodhouse in the Parish of Dronfield" records it as a separate building erected in 1848, and used exclusively as a place of worship and Sunday School. It had free seating for 70, and 50 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 60 in the afternoon and 75 in the evening, with 57 Sunday Scholars at morning class, and 48 in the afternoon. The return was completed by James Burnett, a Trustee and Steward, who gave his address as Dronfield Woodhouse, Derbyshire.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 14th September 1934 (p.5850) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Dronfield Woodhouse, in the civil parish of Dronfield Woodhouse, in Chesterfield registration district, in the county of Derby, was, on the 10th September, 1934, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 12th September 1934.

Its closure, as "Methodist Chapel, Dronfield, Woodhouse" was recorded in the Gazette of 8th March 2010 (p.3962) in a list of buildings which are "no longer used by the congregations on whose behalf they were registered"... and it now (2014) appears to be in private ownership.


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 was located at OS grid reference SK3292978614. 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 Woodhouse, 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 16 Dec 2014 at 16:54.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:24:25 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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