Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Lowgates Methodist Chapel, Lowgates, Staveley
Lowgates Methodist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Lowgates (formerly Speedwell Lane),
Lowgates, 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 1874, but we understand it was closed in 1987, and the premises are now in secular use.

My 1995 Derbyshire Street Atlas shows two '+' symbols at this location, which is curious, as more detailed Maps show only Lowgates Methodist Church. According to Jayne Smith's Churches of Staveley webpage, it was dedicated in 1874 as a Free Methodist Church, and indeed, it can be seen on Old Maps as such, and later as "Methodist Chapel (Free United)".

The building is on the south side of Lowgates and appears to occupy the whole block, backing onto Ireland Street; but is now closed as a place of worship, and appears to be in industrial, or other secular use. In relation to its closure the following notice appeared in The London Gazette of 28th September 1987 (p.12007):

The Registrar General, being satisfied that METHODIST CHURCH, Lowgates, Staveley, in the registration district of Chesterfield in the Non-Metropolitan County of Derbyshire, is no longer used as a place of worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was on 21st February 1905 registered for marriages in accordance with the Marriage Act 1836 has cancelled the registration. Dated 10th September 1987.

The notice of its original registration, in 1905 was not found.


Now or formerly Free/United 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 SK4380674878. 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 Lowgates, 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 21 Dec 2014 at 10:17.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 17:25:54 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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