Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Wesley Methodist Chapel, Youlgreave
Wesley Methodist Chapel,
Main Street (north side),
Youlgreave, 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 1807, but we understand it was closed in 1973.

This building, adjacent to the Farmyard Inn, was formerly Youlgreave's Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, one of 3 Methodist Chapels mentioned in Youlgreave in Kelly's Directory of 1912, others being Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Reform.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/1/23/41) for a "Wesleyan Chapel, Township of Youlgreave" records a separate building, erected in 1807 for a Wesleyan Methodist Connexion congregation, used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free sittings for 84, 168 "other" sittings, "not any, excepting in the Aisles" standing room; and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 70 in the afternoon, and 78 in the evening, with 60 and 20 Sunday Scholars respectively. The return was completed by Moses Rayner, Wesleyan Minister, of Bakewell.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 4th May 1948 (p.2769) recorded its registration for marriages:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religious worship, named WESLEY METHODIST CHAPEL situated at Youlgreave in Bakewell registration district in the county of Derby was on the 28th April 1948, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6 & 7 Will. IV., c.85. Dated 30th April 1948.

According to Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide, there are records of baptisms 1919-1965, and marriages 1963-1969. They also state that it was built in 1807, rebuilt in 1907, and closed in 1973. A corresponding of notice of cancellation of the registration of "WESLEY METHODIST CHAPEL, YOULGREAVE" was published in the Gazette of 19th March 1973 (p.3613). Since then, according to the free newsletter for villages of Alport, Middleton and Youlgrave (2000 edition, pp.2-3) - The Bugle - it has been converted into a Country Pursuits Centre for a school in Kent.


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 was located at OS grid reference SK2084264154. 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 Youlgreave, 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 9 Jan 2015 at 15:17.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:32:01 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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