Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Green Vale Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished), Glossop
Green Vale Primitive Methodist Chapel (Demolished),
Greenvale, High Street West,
Glossop, 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 1810, but we understand it was closed in 1855.

This was a Chapel built by a group of Primitive Methodists which was formed in 1810. It was in the area known as Greenvale, near to the Globe Inn (now High Street West), and was built on land leased in 1835 to Joshua Graham, an overlooker of Littlemoor. The land was called the Warth, and occupied by Francis J. Sumner. The building was subsequently sold to Sumner, who wanted the land, and in 1855, the congregation moved to a newly built chapel in Shrewsbury Street.

Francis J. [James] Sumner (1807-1884) purchased the Wren Nest Cotton Mills in 1827, and no doubt he was wanting to expand his "empire". His name is remembered in Sumner Street and Sumner Place. For more details see the Glossop Heritage Trust webpages of Local History Articles. Their account of Glossopdale Churches and Chapels records that there was, at the time of writing (2009), the remains of a weaving shed on the site of the Chapel. However it seems probable that since then it has been absorbed into the redevelopment of the Wren Mill site, now a mixture of apartments and retail outlets. Therefore the Grid Reference below indicates the most likely location, to the west of the Globe Inn.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/451/1/4/13) for "Green Vale Primitive Methodist Chapel" describes a separate building erected in 1835 used exclusively as a place of worship. It had free seating for 500, and 273 "other" sittings, and the estimated number of worshippers on March 30th was 200 in the afternoon, and 250 in the evening, with 370 Sunday Scholars at an afternoon class. This was clearly a popular meeting! The return was completed by John Newton, its secretary, of Hill Town, Glossop, Derbyshire.


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 SK0296494096. 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 Glossop, 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 13 Oct 2014 at 08:59.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:05:16 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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