Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Elton Methodist ("Bethel") Church, Elton
Elton Methodist ("Bethel") Church,
West End (south side), DE4 2BZ,
Elton, 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 1843, but we understand it was closed after 1995.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/2/8) for the "Primitive Methodist Chapel" in "Elton Township, Parish of Youlgreave" describes a separate building erected in 1843 used exclusively as a place of worship by a "Primitive Methodist Connexion" congregation, "Enrolled in Chancery". It had free seating for 54, 40 "other" sittings, and standing room for "20 persons"; and an estimated congregation on March 30th of 30 in the afternoon and 60 in the evening, with 16 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class, with the same figures said to be "thro' out the year". The return was completed by Adolphus Frederick Beckerlegge, Conference Minister, of "Winster, Matlock Bath, Derbyr." He added further remarks to the effect that the [Sunday School] "Class Meeting [was] for Christian religious experiences, praise and prayer"; and the return was for "Elton in the Winster Circuit".

On Old Maps of 1976, it is labelled as "Bethel Methodist Church". No announcements have been found in The London Gazette relating to its registration for marriages, or its closure, but as of a Google StreetView drive-past of 2011, it has every appearance of being no longer in use.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


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 SK2206660946. 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 Elton, 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 15 Jan 2015 at 10:54.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 11:28:51 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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