Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Beeley Methodist Chapel, Beeley
Beeley Methodist Chapel,
Chapel Hill,
Beeley, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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 1806, and we understand it is still open.

An account of Beeley's Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in The Chatsworth Villages - Beeley, Edensor and Pilsley, by Diane Naylor (2005) records that the first Methodist chapel in Beeley was built in 1806, at a cost of £95, on a plot purchased from William BROWN for 10 shillings (that's a mere 50 pence in today's currency!). It had boxed-in pews and button doors. There was no organ - "for anniversaries the villagers would bring their own instruments" otherwise a member of the choir would 'give them an "A"' and lead the tune for the hymn singing.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/19/33) for the "Wesleyan Methodist Chapel" in the township of Beeley, parish of Bakewell, describes a separate building, erected in 1808 (!) used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 40, and 60 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 30 at both afternoon and evening service, with 13 Sunday Scholars at a morning class, and 18 in the afternoon. The return was completed by William Knutton, its Manager, who gave his address as "Beeley, Bakewell, Derbyshire".

The building was erected as a single course of stone, and in 1890 became unsafe, so it was demolished. It was rebuilt in 1891 on its the present site, at a cost of £912 - so they had inflation in those days too!

The following notice in The London Gazette of 1st August 1899 (p.4767) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building named Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, situated at Beeley, in the civil parish of Beeley, 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 25th day of July, 1899, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 28th July 1899.

The Chatsworth Villages book provides the further information that the new chapel has two reminders of the original - the date plaque, set into the gable end [so presumably the date of 1806 is correct], and stone from the previous chapel, which was used to build the basement wall. The basement provided stabling for the preacher's horse, was later used as a fuel store; and during the War a fire engine was housed there. The foundation stones were sponsored, and have the names of their donors inscribed.


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 is located at OS grid reference SK2654067528. 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 Beeley, 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 14:11.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:10:11 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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