Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Reform ("Ebenener") Chapel, Elton
Wesleyan Reform ("Ebenener") Chapel   [no longer registered]
off Main Street, DE4 2BW,
Elton, 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 1852, but we understand it was closed by 1994, and the premises are now in secular use.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) describes this building as an "'Ebenezer Chapel', built 1852, altered and porch added 1921. Entrance gates with stone piers and ball finials" - making it sound exceedingly attractive. However I have not been able to see this building for myself via Google Street View.

No notice of its registration for marriages has been found, but the following notice in The London Gazette of 27th June 1994 (p.9228) recorded its closure:

The Registrar General, being satisfied that WESLEYAN REFORM CHAPEL, Elton, in the registration district of Bakewell in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire and ... [a building in Leicestershire] have wholly ceased to be used as places of worship by the congregations on whose behalf they were certified in accordance with the Places of Religious Worship Certifying Act 1852, or Places of Worship Registration Act 1855, has cancelled the record of their certifications. Dated 21st June 1994.

The only information I have on its subsequent history is an advertisement offering it for sale on an Estate Agent's website on 7 July 2014. A photograph accompanying the advert shows a porch with a tympanum above the entrance, with an inscription: "Ebenezer / Chapel / 1852-1921", surrounded by a band of stonework with the lettering "Wesleyan Reform" - most unusual.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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 SK2223860916. 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 25 Oct 2018 at 11:27.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:38:20 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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