Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Etwall Methodist Church, Etwall
Etwall Methodist Church,
Willington Road, DE65 6HX,
Etwall, Derbyshire.


We believe the Church 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 1838, and we understand it is still open.

Samuel Bagshaw's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire (1846) tells us that the Methodist chapel in Etwall was erected in 1838 by Arthur Minton Esq. at a cost of £300, and is "a handsome building, lighted by 10 Gothic windows", and will seat 250 persons. He then sold it to the Methodist society for £100.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/375/2/2/4) is somewhat sparse, suggesting a rather smaller building. It was said to be erected in 1836, separate and entire, and used exclusively as a place of worship, but with less than 100 seats - 88 free sittings, and 12 "other" sittings, there appears to be a shortfall on the number mentioned by Bagshaw! It was however well enough attended, with an average number for the previous 6 months of 35 at afternoon services, and 75 in the evenings. There were no Sunday Scholars. The return was completed by Francis Camp, Chapel Steward, who signed with both his profession, and his address - "Farmer Etwall". As it so happens, he was listed in Bagshaw's Directory as "Camp Fras.", one of a list of 14 Farmers.

The story is taken up again in Bulmer's History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire (1895). Bulmer writes that "the Wesleyans have a chapel in the village, erected in 1883 at a cost of £1,002, in lieu of an old one built in 1838. It is a handsome building of red brick, relieved with white bricks and stone dressing. It is lighted by 10 pointed windows, and the interior fittings are all of selected pitchpine"

The received wisdom online is that the building of 1883 was an extension to the original, rather than a replacement, and indeed the account of the Methodist Chapel on Etwall Village website says the original forms the centre section of the present building.


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 SK2704831875. 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 Etwall, 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 19 Oct 2018 at 13:55.

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This Report was created 6 Dec 2023 - 10:28:21 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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