Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Unitarian Chapel (Demolished), Stoney Middleton
Unitarian Chapel (Demolished),
Bottom Cliff,
Stoney Middleton, 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 before 1702, but we understand it was closed after 1851.

The building shown in this photograph is not the original Chapel It was built on the site of the Chapel as the village Reading Room, but since then it has been converted into a private residence.

The Chapel was thought originally to have closed as a place of worship in 1829, but this appears not to have been the case, as there is an entry for it on the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/3/16/3). It was described as "Presbyterian Chapel", in the "parish or place" of "Bank, Stony Middleton, Eyam Parish", erected as a separate building, used exclusively as a place of worship, by a Presbyterian congregation. The usual number of attendants on the Sabbath was given as 7 in the morning, with no service in the afternoon or evening, and no Sunday School. No date was given for when it was erected, and the space for the number of sittings was left blank. The dearth of information is understandable, given the meagre congregation, and the fact that the form was filled in by the Registrar himself, Josiah Payne, of Tideswell, Derbyshire.

The Reading Room which ultimately replaced it is dedicated to the memory of the second Baron Denman of Dovedale. He is described in Thomas Cowen's History of Stoney Middleton (1910) as the "amiable and accomplished, though eccentric, peer, whose special hobby was the raising of a certain breed of black pigs" - he is said to have taken them around in his carriage, to give as presents to his friends. He died in 1894, aged 89. The Reading Room, according to Kelly's Directory of 1932, was erected and opened in 1898, and "was enlarged and reconstructed in 1920, and is now managed by a committee of nine members".

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Now or formerly Presbyterian/Unitarian.

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 SK2295475526. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 1 Feb 2015 at 14:48.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:29:51 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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