Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Sheldon
Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Main Street,
Sheldon, 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 1848, but we understand it was closed before 1972.

A Primitive Methodist chapel is mentioned in White's Directory of 1857 as erected in 1848. This is presumably the tiny building labelled as "Chapel" on Old Maps over a period 1877 from 1955 on the north west corner of the junction of the main village street, and the road to St Michael and All Angels Church.

None of the buildings in, or around that location in the village today have the appearance of having been a Chapel, so I presume it has been demolished. The property named "Ebenezer Cottage" (postcode DE45 1QS) is intriguing, but as far as I can tell, there is no connection between the two.

According to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/10/16), it was a separate building erected in 1848 for a Primitive Methodist congregation, with free seating for 24, and 44 "other" sittings. The estimated number of persons attending for "Divine Service" on Sunday March 30, 1851 was 20 in the afternoon, and 40 in the evening, and the informant was Levi Brocklehurst, Steward, who gave his address as "Sheldon, Derbyshire".

No notices of its registration for marriages have been found in The London Gazette; and there are no records listed in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide, so presumably it was always a "low key" assembly.


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 SK1751368810. 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 Sheldon, 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 31 Dec 2014 at 15:17.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:55:41 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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