Derbyshire Places of Worship

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John Smedley's Church (Demolished), Matlock
John Smedley's Church (Demolished),
Old Hackney Lane (now Smedley Street),
Matlock, 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 1870, but we understand it was closed before 1886.

This Church was erected by John Smedley in the grounds of his Hydro - there are two images of it, and a detailed account in Ann Andrews' collection of Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century Images of Matlock and Matlock Bath - it will be found in the Matlock section, described as United Methodist Free Chapel, Smedley's Hydro, 1885.

It would have stood on the opposite side of the road to, and a short distance to the east of, the present All Saints' Church, and is shown on Old Maps of 1876-1880, labelled as "Methodist Chapel (United Free)", but not on the later series of 1899-1900.

As it was not built until after 1857, it is not mentioned in White's Directory of that year. White does however mention a small chapel for Wesleyan Reformers at Matlock Bridge. Although no link has been discovered, it would be satisfying to think the members of that congregation joined forces with Smedley's Chapel, after it was built, since no references have been found to a Wesleyan Reform congregation after the later edition of White's Directory of 1862, when in that year - "Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyan Reformers, have each Chapels in the parish". [White's Gazetteer and General Directory of "Sheffield and 20 miles round", 1862]


Now or formerly Free 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 SK2991460736. 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 Matlock, 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 23 Sep 2018 at 14:15.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 17:52:30 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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