Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Fox Memorial Chapel (Demolished), Starkholmes, Matlock
Fox Memorial Chapel (Demolished),
Starkholmes Road,
Starkholmes, Matlock, Derbyshire.


This Chapel had 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 1905, but we understand it was closed by 1995.

There is a postcard reproduced on p.90 of Images of England - Matlock and Matlock Bath (Tempus Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-7524-2455-6) showing four Primitive Methodist Chapels in the Matlock area, one of which is the Fox Memorial Chapel, at Starkholmes. It is still marked as a place of worship on my Derbyshire Street Atlas of 1995, but since the it has been demolished, and two houses now occupy the spot. These retain some features of the chapel, including a chapel side window; and it is believed the stone may have been reused, either in the houses or in Matlock Methodist/United Reformed Church in Bank Road.

Though the foundation date of the building is understood to have been 1905, Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide has a register of baptisms for the chapel beginning in 1884. Indeed, Old Maps prior to 1899 show an earlier Primitive Methodist Chapel on the continuation northwards of White Tor Road beyond its junction with Riber Road.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 29th February 1944 (p.1020) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named METHODIST FOX MEMORIAL CHURCH situated at Starkholmes in the civil parish of Matlock in Bakewell registration district in the county of Derby was on the 2ist February 1944, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 and 7 Will. IV, c.85. Dated 22nd February 1944.

A corresponding notice of cancellation of the registration of "METHODIST FOX MEMORIAL CHURCH, Starkholmes, Matlock" was published in the Gazette on 17th January 1995 (p.611). For more information about this, and other churches in the Matlock area, see Ann Andrews' excellent webpage of Matlock Churches and Chapels.

The Chapel was built as a memorial to Luke William Fox (1866-1905), a butcher and farmer in Starkholmes.


Now or formerly Primitive 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 SK3003459035. 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 Starkholmes, 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 27 Jan 2015 at 14:39.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:14:21 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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