Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Monyash Methodist Church, Monyash
Monyash Methodist Church,
Chapel Street (east side),
Monyash, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church does 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 1835, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/16/27) for a building named "Chapel" in Monyash for a Primitive Methodist congregation describes a separate building, erected in 1835, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 100, 48 "other" sittings, and standing room for 180;and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 27 in the morning, 40 in the afternoon, and 60 in the evening, with 56 Sunday Scholars attending both a morning and afternoon class. The morning statistic appears to have "class" written above it. Intriguingly, the "average" number of attendants given for the last 12 months, of a congregation of 5200, with 2912 Sunday Scholars, must surely relate to the whole year! The return was completed by Adolphus Frederick Beckerlegge, "Licensed Minister", who gave his address as "Winster, Matlock Bath, Derbyr." - perhaps he was unable to divide by 12!

The website My Primitive Methodist Ancestors has a short biography - Adolphus was born in St Ives, Cornwall, and worked as a watchmaker and jeweller in Penzance. He was Minister for the Winster circuit from 1849 until 1851, arriving there after a stint in Sheffield in 1848, after which he moved to Nottingham S [South?].

The following notice in The London Gazette of 16th February 1897 (p.911) recorded the Chapel's registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Primitive Methodist Chapel situated at Monyash in the parish of Monyash in the county of Derby in the registration district of Bakewell being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the tenth day of February 1897, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 10th February 1897.

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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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK1500566657. 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 Monyash, 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 7 Jan 2015 at 08:19.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:26:22 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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