Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Pilsley Chapel, Pilsley, Edensor
Pilsley Chapel   [no longer registered]
High Street,
Pilsley, Edensor, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel 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 the 1840s, but we understand it was closed before 1995, and the premises are now in secular use.

There is a photograph, and a short description of this chapel on p.136 of an excellent book by Diane Naylor - The Chatsworth Villages - Beeley, Edensor and Pilsley (2005). It is a small single storey building built in the 1840s, which - since its closure for worship - has been used as a village hall, school canteen and store. Also mentioned is that that it remains in use today, providing additional accomodation for the school.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/22/39) describes it as a "Wesleyan Methodist Preaching Room", in a building of which an upper room was used exclusively as a place of worship, and its "underneath used for farming purposes". All the sittings were free, and the place was filled with benches. The average attendance at evening service was 85, with 20 scholars attending the Sunday School. The return was completed by Thomas (looks like) Norry, its Wesleyan Minister, who lived at Bakewell. In the space on the form for "when erected", he entered "cannot state". Presumably as the return refers to "underneath", it was of two storeys, but unless there is a basement, this is not apparent today.

No record of its registration for marriages (in The London Gazette), or of its closure, has been found.


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 was located at OS grid reference SK2401371023. 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 Pilsley, Edensor, 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 8 Jan 2015 at 15:51.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:16:32 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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