Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Bethel Church (now "The Old Chapel"), Poolsbrook, Staveley
Bethel Church (now "The Old Chapel")   [no longer registered]
Cottage Close (west side),
Poolsbrook, Staveley, 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 1893, but we understand it was closed in 2000, and the premises are now in secular use.

This building is now a private house (called "The Old Chapel"). It incorporates a foundation stone dated 1893 and is one of two places of worship appearing on Old Maps during a period from 1899 to 1938 marked as "Meth Chapel". This one is known to have been Primitive Methodist, and the other Wesleyan Methodist.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 23rd August 1949 (p.4095) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named BETHEL CHAPEL, situated at First Row, Poolsbrook Cottages, Staveley in Chesterfield registration district in the county of Derby, was on the 15th August, 1949, registered for solemnizing marriages therein pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV, c.85, Sec. 18. Dated 17th August 1949.

Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide, records "Bethel Church" as Primitive Methodist", with records of baptisms for the period 1936-1953. A Methodist Church is also listed, with records of baptisms 1953-2000; presumably for the same building, as the other Methodist Church is known to have closed in 1965. Indeed, later Maps show that the former "Bethel" was by then known as "Poolsbrook Methodist Church".

The notice of its closure, as "Methodist Church, Poolsbrook", was published in The London Gazette of 29th January 2001 (p.1116) in a list of buildings which "are no longer used by the congregations, on whose behalf they were registered"...


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 SK4427973367. 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 Poolsbrook, Staveley, 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 20 Dec 2014 at 14:35.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:01:05 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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