Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Whitwell Methodist Church, Whitwell
Whitwell Methodist Church,
Portland Street, S80 4RJ,
Whitwell, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 1892, and we understand it is still open.

There were great rejoicings in Whitwell on Whit-Monday, 1892, on the occasion of the opening of the Portland Street Chapel" - quote from Page 5 of Whitwell Local History Group's publication A Parish History - Churches and Religion.

Old Maps of 1875 show a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel existed before this, in Scotland Lane. Presumably this was the Wesleyan Chapel recorded in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as erected in 1858. It seems probable therefore, that Portland Street Chapel replaced the earlier building.

There are separate entries in this database for the earlier building in Scotland Lane, and the former United Methodist Church, later "Central Methodist" in Welbeck Street. Scotland Lane is now Scotland Street, a little to the west of Portland Street, and south of St Lawrence's Church. The Portland Street Chapel (probably) became Whitwell Methodist Church after the Central Methodist Church closed in 1963.

Note: Old Maps of 1875 show Portland Street was originally named "Dog Lane". I have been unable to find any notices in The London Gazette that the Chapel was ever registered for marriages, but if it was, presumably, it would have been registered under that name.


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 Church is located at OS grid reference SK5276876610. 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 Whitwell, 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 4 Dec 2014 at 09:19.

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This Report was created 1 Dec 2023 - 17:26:43 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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