Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Zion (or Bethel) Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Speedwell, Staveley
Zion (or Bethel) Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Inkersall Road,
Speedwell, 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 1873, but we understand it was closed in 1969.

Jayne Smith's webpage of Churches of Staveley has a photograph of Zion Chapel, and provides the information that it was built in 1873, destroyed by fire in 1903 and rebuilt in 1908. Its position is shown on Old Maps, on the corner of Inkersall Road and Speedwell Terrace, opposite Lime Avenue. There was an Infants School behind it (to the east), presumably reached by Speedwell Terrace. The Chapel was closed in 1969, and subsequently demolished, as was the whole of Speedwell Terrace - the whole area now lying beneath the Speedwell Industrial Estate.

The Derbyshire Record Office, in their Non-Conformist Register Guide, list it as "Bethel Methodist Chapel, Speedwell", with opening and closing dates of c.1872, and 1969, so their entry appears to refer to the same building. Registers exist of baptisms 1937-1968, and marriages 1912-1969, with a proviso that earlier baptisms can be found under Staveley Primitive Methodist Circuit. Possibly the latter also covered the other Primitive Methodist Chapel in Staveley parish, "Zion" at Barrow Hill; however Old Maps do consistently label the Speedwell Chapel as "Zion".

The following notice in The London Gazette of 22nd November 1889 (p.6454) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the Zion Primitive Methodist Chapel, situate at Speedwell, in the parish of Staveley, in the county of Derby, in the district of Chesterfield, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 28th day of October, 1889, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85. Dated 29th October 1889.

A corresponding notice of cancellation of its registration, as "ZION CHAPEL, Speedwell, Staveley", was published in the Gazette of 22nd April 1969 (p.4216)


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 SK4339374395. 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 Speedwell, 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 14:21.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:32:29 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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