Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Holmesfield
Wesleyan Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Horsleygate Lane,
Holmesfield, 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 1833, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

This Wesleyan Chapel is first noted on a Map of 1877, but by the time my Landranger Map of 1977 was published, there is no longer a '+' to indicate its existence.

The building itself is still there. It is built of the dark stone typical of the area, and is very plain, looking now as though it is in use as a barn; however it still retains a lozenge-shaped plaque above the doorway which reads "Wesleyan Chapel", with possibly a date between the two words, which I am unable to read.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/5/4/6) indicates a Wesleyan Chapel in Holmesfield built in 1833, with a name which I cannot read - "G...y.. Hill". It was used exclusively as a place of worship and Sunday School; and had free seating for 65, and 33 "other" sittings. The average congregation to morning service was 20, and 33 in the afternoon; with 25 and 30 Sunday Scholars respectively. The return was completed by George Godber, the "Chapel Keeper", who lived in Holmesfield.

Possibly the address as given related to the Sunday School building, which on a Map of 1898 is shown on "Castle Hill". Apparently, according to White's Directory of 1857, the Sunday School was built by the Duke of Devonshire in 1831; it also confirms the Wesleyan Chapel as built in 1833.


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 SK3175477545. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 6 Aug 2013 at 18:02.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 18:36:02 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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