Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Tansley Methodist Church, Tansley
Tansley Methodist Church,
Church Street (west side), DE4 5FE,
Tansley, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) 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.

Kelly's Directories of 1895, 1912 and 1932 all say Tansley's Wesleyan Methodist chapel was erected in 1829; however Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986) dates the building itself as late 19th century, saying the date stone "open'd December 25th 1829" has been reset. And information supplied for the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/8/29) confirms this as it describes "Tansley Wesleyan Chapel" as a separate building, erected "before 1800", and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 150, and 120 "other" sittings", and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 20 each at afternoon and evening services, with 50 Sunday Scholars attending morning and afternoon classes. The return was completed by William Peters Hackett, "Acting as Steward", who gave his address as "Tansley Mill, Nr. Matlock". He remarked that "the former average congregation of grown up people was 50, but has lessened within the last few months through agitation in the Society". This was, no doubt, a reference to the recently-opened (1850) "Wesleyan Reform Room" in Tansley for the "disruptive element" (the seceders)!

Hackett's building did, nevertheless prevail, and remains open in the present day (2015). The following notice in The London Gazette of 30th March 1897 (p.1827) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given that a separate building named Wesleyan Chapel situated at Tansley in the parish of Tansley in the county of Derby in the registration district of Bakewell being a building certified according to law as a place of meeting for religious worship, was on the 24th day of March 1897, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, c.85. Dated 24th March 1897.

A more comprehensive account of the Church's History, including mention of the part the Hackett family played, may be found on Tansley Methodist Church website.

Note: in spite of the Church being registered for marriages, and having a graveyard (added in 1837), there is no mention of records of such in Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide. Perhaps they are still kept at the Chapel.


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 SK3222759627. 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 Tansley, 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 10 Dec 2018 at 16:53.

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This Report was created 29 Nov 2023 - 01:28:07 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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