Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Tansley Free Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Tansley
Tansley Free Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Nottingham Road / Alders Lane, DE4 5FB,
Tansley, 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 1864, but we understand it was closed before 1970.

This chapel is recorded in Kelly's Directory of 1895 as 'Free Methodist' and by 1932 as 'United Methodist'.

Although Kelly's account says it was built in 1864, it seems probable its foundations were laid earlier, in 1850, when a group of Wesleyan Reformers seceded from Tansley's Wesleyan Chapel. The details are provided in a return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/449/2/8/30), for "Tansley Wesleyan Reform Room", erected in 1850. It was not a separate building, but was used exclusively as a place of worship; and provided seating for 100. The estimated congregation on March 30th was 40, both at afternoon and evening services. The return was completed by Joseph Slack, its Manager, who described himself as "Farmer, Tansley". According to Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide, the majority of Wesleyan Reformers in Derbyshire (except those in the Bakewell circuit) joined the United Methodist Free Churches during the 1860s, leading, perhaps to the erection of a separate building to reflect its new status.

The following notice in The London Gazette of 26th August 1873 (p.3960) recorded its registration for marriages:

NOTICE is hereby given, that a separate building, named the United Methodists Free Churches Chapel, situate at Tansley, in the parish of Tansley, in the county of Derby, in the district of Bakewell, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 21st day of July, 1873, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Dated 24th July 1873.

A corresponding notice of cancellation of the registration of "METHODIST CHURCH, Nottingham Road, Tansley" was published in the Gazette of 10th August 1962 (p.6356), after which the building is known to have been demolished, and a house called 'Chapelstones' now occupies its site. [Source: "Walks around Tansley" by Mary Eatherden, taken from the book "Tansley Past & Present" (2004), compiled by Reg Whitworth - may be found on Tansley Parish Council website - page down to the end of the "Home" page for the link]


Now or formerly Free/United 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 SK3221259483. 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 22 Jan 2015 at 12:15.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:24:22 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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