Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Lea Chapel, Lea (Dethick)
Lea Chapel,
Lea Main Road / Lea Moor Road,
Lea (Dethick), 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 1671, and we understand it is still open.

Lea Chapel's foundation was laid in 1671, as a Protestant Dissenters' Meeting House, and is still registered as such. It was maintained privately by the Nightingale family until 1735, when it was bequeathed by Thomas Nightingale to a group of local trustees, to be run as a charitable concern.

In 1845, it became a United Methodist Free Church; however since 1920, it has held weekly services as an Evangelical Free Church.

Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) mentions that a Presbyterian congregation was meeting at "Dethick-chappel" in the early 18th century, and refers to a meeting house certificate issued in July 1719 for the house of Thomas Nightingale at Lea.

It records monuments inside to John ALSOP of Lea Bridge (1831), and his wife Ann (1816); and Luke ALSOP of Lea Hall, Lead merchant (1830). The Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group (DARG) list of transcribed MIs refers to it as "Moor Road Chapel".

It has had many face-lifts over the years, including the addition of a Schoolroom in 1897, at which time the Keeper's Cottage was also modified. For a fuller account of its history, a booklet by George Wigglesworth published in 2003 entitled LEA FREE CHAPEL may be of interest.

I am most grateful to Sharon England for providing the above information, and photographs. The date stones, which show the date of the Chapel's original foundation, and of the renovations in 1897, are affixed to the Chapel Keeper's Cottage.


Now or formerly Presbyterian/Evangelical Free.

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 SK3300757537. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 17 Nov 2012 at 11:28.

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This Report was created 2 Dec 2023 - 06:28:39 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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