Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Chapel (original), Bradwell
Primitive Methodist Chapel (original)   [no longer registered]
Father (Far) Hill,
Bradwell, 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 1822, but we understand it was closed in 1845, and the premises are now in secular use.

Bradwell's first Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1822. Its first minister was Jeremiah Gilbert, one of several travelling preachers in early days of the Primitive Methodist movement. His publication Extracts from the Journals, Camp-Meetings, Revivals &c. &c. of Jeremiah Gilbert, Primitive Methodist Preacher (1824) describe a camp meeting held at Bradwell on Sunday May 19, 1822 "upon a very high hill", and at night "we held a love-feast".

Seth Evans (in Bradwell, Ancient & Modern) wrote: "The old chapel was plain to the last degree; no porch, no vestibule, no pews, but loose forms with no backs; no stove or heating apparatus; no boarded floor, nor even flagged, but the ground covered with what was called 'small feith' or spar from the lead mines, which sparkled and glistened with little particles of lead ore; this was renewed every year".

The building is situated on the south-west corner of the junction of Father (Far) Hill with Hollow Gate, and in recent years has been converted into a cottage, which at the time this account was first prepared (2011) was named "The Dialstone". [Source: Bradwell in the Peak website]


Now or formerly Primitive 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 SK1714681099. 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 Bradwell, 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 26 Oct 2018 at 15:10.

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This Report was created 3 Dec 2023 - 20:39:45 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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