Derbyshire Places of Worship

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General Baptist Chapel, Bonsall
General Baptist Chapel   [no longer registered]
Yeoman Street,
Bonsall, 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 1824, but we understand it was closed in the 1990s, and the premises are now in secular use.

The excellent book Bonsall, A Village and its History (2006, p.135) says "There is little doubt that the earliest Nonconformists [in Bonsall] were Baptists". It further explains that in 1823 a group of people, including Richard SMITH, a Bonsall farmer, Job WORTHY, a miner, and a number of tradesmen from Middleton, Cromford and Wirksworth joined together to purchase a piece of land in Yeoman Street for the sum of £8, and the "General Baptist Chapel was built the following year". And by 1829, when the Chapel is mentioned in the record of places of worship in the county, 64 people had been baptized.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/447/6/11/18) for a "General Baptist Chapel" in Yeoman Street, Bonsall, describes a separate building, erected in 1824, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 250, and 50 "other" sittings, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 50 attending afternoon service, 57 in the evening, and 125 Sunday Scholars attending a morning class. The return was completed by John Worthy, who gave his address as "Yeoman Street, Bonsall, Derbyshire".

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire, (1986) confirms the date of opening, adding that it was built as "a preaching station for Wirksworth". It also mentions monuments inside for John AMATT, 1842, his daughter Sarah Ann, 1842; and Sarah wife of George COTTRILL, 1852. Old Maps of 1879-80 show there was a small burial ground.

The Chapel was closed some time in the 1990s, and it is now a private house. There is no evidence of it ever being registered for marriages, and neither are there any surviving records; in fact there is no mention at all of Bonsall in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide, so (seemingly) none of its chapels retained them.


Now or formerly General Baptist.

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 SK2787258213. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 7 Mar 2015 at 13:40.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 04:26:57 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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