Derbyshire Places of Worship

We have 1 Image Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Over Haddon Above Photograph(s)
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Wesleyan Reform Chapel, Over Haddon
Wesleyan Reform Chapel,
Wellgate Lane / School Lane,
Over Haddon, 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 1861, and we understand it is still open.

The oval plaque visible above the porch roof reads "Wesleyan / Reform Chapel / 1861, whilst that above the entrance reads "1963". The building was registered for marriages in the same year as the porch was added, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 23rd August 1963 (p.7125) indicates:

A Building certified for worship named WESLEYAN REFORM CHAPEL, Over Haddon, in the registration district of Bakewell, in the county of Derbyshire, was on 8th August 1963, registered for solemnising marriages therein pursuant to section 41 of the Marriage Act, 1949, as amended by section 1(1) of the Marriage Acts Amendment Act, 1958. Dated 21st August 1963.

It's intriguing to see the dedication of "Wesleyan Reform" continuing, especially when it was founded in 1861, when most Wesleyan Reform congregations would already have joined the United Methodist Free Churches; but the same seems to have been true in other Peakland villages - Foolow, Youlgreave, &c. They were, presumably, a law unto themselves!

The foundation of nonconformist worship in Over Haddon was however laid even earlier, as the Religious Census of 1851 lists places of worship for both Primitive Methodists and Congregationalist/Independents in the township, the latter founded before 1800. As the premises were part of dwelling houses, their precise locations have not been ascertained.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


Now or formerly Wesleyan Reform.

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 SK2068866412. 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 Over Haddon, 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 4 Jan 2015 at 13:02.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:44:21 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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