Derbyshire Places of Worship

We have 1 Image Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Foolow Above Photograph(s)
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Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Foolow
Wesleyan Reform Chapel   [no longer registered]
West End,
Foolow, 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 1810, but we understand it was closed by 2011, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/7/9) for "Wesleyan Chapel" in Foolow, describes a separate building, erected "about the year of Our Lord 1810", used exclusively as a place of worship by a Wesleyan Methodist Connexion congregation. It had free sittings for 80, and 40 "other" sittings, with "not any" standing room, "excepting Aisles". The estimated congregation on March 30th was 35 in the afternoon, with 45 Sunday Scholars, and 50 in the evening. The return was completed by Moses Rayner, Wesleyan Minister, who gave his address as "Bakewell, Derbyshire".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 24th September 1926 (p.6188) refers to a registration for marriages in 1862, and its subsequent cancellation:

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Place of Meeting for religious worship described as WESLEYAN REFORM CHAPEL (OLD), situated at Foolow, in the civil parish of Foolow, in the registration district of Bakewell, in the county of Derby, which was duly certified, for worship, on the 13th day of May, 1862, 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 Vic., c.81, from the 20th day of September, 1926. Dated 20th September 1926.

The new building, described as "WESLEYAN REFORM CHAPEL, situated at West End, Foolow" was registered the same day, though the notice was not published until 4 days later, the 28th September.

The date is somewhat confusing, as the plaque above the doorway on the present building reads "Foolow Chapel / and / Sunday School / 1866". Perhaps the notices were retrospective!

Though no notice of cancellation if its registration has been found, information accompanying a photograph of Former Wesleyan Chapel (1866), Foolow on the Geograph website indicates it was sold by auction in 2011, after which (presumably) it was transferred into private ownership.

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


Now or formerly Reformed 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 SK1910676835. 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 Foolow, 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 Jan 2015 at 15:22.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:38:10 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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