Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wensley Chapel, Wensley
Wensley Chapel,
Main Road (B5057), DE4 2LH,
Wensley, Derbyshire.


We believe the Chapel does 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 1829, and we understand it is still open.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/4/14) for "Wesleyan Chapel" in the parish of Wensley, district of Matlock, describes a separate building, erected "about A.D. 1830" used exclusively as a place of worship. There were free sittings for 40, and 60 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was "about 30" at morning service, with 40 Sunday Scholars, and "about 60" in the evening, with 20 Sunday Scholars. There was also a class in the afternoon, attended by 40 Scholars, but no service. The return was completed by John Alsop, a Trustee, who gave his address as "Wensley, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire".

White's Directory of 1857 entry for "Wensley and Snitterton" records that the district abounds in lead, and several mines are worked, the principal of which are Bird Nest, Windmill, and Mill Close, "from which there is a level for carrying the water to the Derwent" John Alsop Esq. was recorded as bar-master, but whether this was the same John Alsop who completed the above return is unknown. The Methodist chapel itself, said to be built of stone, in 1830" is recorded under the separate heading of "Wensley".

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Now or formerly Wesleyan 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 is located at OS grid reference SK2619961106. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 19 Jan 2015 at 13:38.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 15:38:29 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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