Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Methodist Chapel (19thC) (Demolished), Hathersage
Methodist Chapel (19thC) (Demolished),
Main Road,
Hathersage, 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 1807, but we understand it was closed in 1939.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/5/7) for "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel" in Hathersage describes a separate building, erected in 1807, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 200, and 158 "other" sittings, and the estimated number of worshippers on March 30th was 60 in the morning, and 80 in the evening, with 36 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. The return was completed by Joseph Robt. Cocker, its Steward, of "Hathersage Nr. Bakewell".

Old Maps indicate it was situated where the driveway to the present Methodist Church now meets the Main Road, and facing the Main Road. The Sunday School is shown on Maps of 1898 as a separate building, to the west of the Chapel.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 10th November 1891 (p.5874) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, situate at Hathersage, in the parish of Hathersage, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 6th day of November, 1891, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 6th November 1891.

By the 1930s it was in need of extensive repairs, and it was decided to replace it with the present Methodist Church. The last service was held on Sunday 19th February 1939, and demolition began the next day, for which information I am grateful to the booklet Hathersage: Images of the Past, published in 2000 by the Historical Hathersage Millennium Project, p.50. Their photograph shows an elegant 2-storey building with a 3-bay front and a central pediment, and large round-arched windows. The window in the upper storey had 3 lights, the central one having a clock. Inside, again according to their description, it had 260 seats and a balcony.


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 SK2312381531. 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 Hathersage, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

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Information last updated on 3 Jan 2015 at 11:30.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:24:47 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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