Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Cliff College, Curbar
Cliff College,
Baslow Road, S32 3XG,
Curbar, 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 1883, and we understand it is still open.

The chapel at the College is listed in Places recorded by the Registrar General under the provisions of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 (2010) as "Methodist College Chapel", and registered by the Methodist Church.

Cliff House, from which the College has grown, was built in 1790 by Thomas Gardom. It was inherited by his son in law, James Hilton Hulme, who extended the house to include a Congregational chapel for public worship, for which see elsewhere in this database.

In 1876, the property was acquired by Henry Gratton Guiness, founder of Harley College in London, after which it became a centre for training missionaries; and in 1904, the Wesleyan Methodist Church moved its college here under Principal Thomas Cook. Shortly after, it was registered for marriages, as the following notice in The London Gazette of 29th November 1907 (p.8364) indicates:

A Separate Building, duly certified for religions worship, named CLIFF COLLEGE WESLEYAN CHAPEL, situated at Curbar, in the civil parish of Curbar, in the county of Derby, in Bakewell registration district, was, on the 19th November, 1907, registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to 6th and 7th Wm. IV, c.85. Dated the 27th November, 1907.

A subsequent notice, published in the Gazette of 9th February 1934 (p.934), announced that "CLIFF COLLEGE METHODIST CHAPEL, situated at Curbar" was no longer used as a Place of Meeting for religious worship by the congregation on whose behalf it was so registered. For the record, Derbyshire Record Office's Non-Conformist Register Guide includes records of marriages for "Cliff College Methodist Chapel" covering a period 1912-1932. The closure of the original chapel was probably a consequence of changes during the 1930s, which included the opening of the Chadwick Memorial Chapel, in memory of Samuel Chadwick, who took over from Cook in 1913.

The above account has been compiled with the assistance of The Faith and Fame of Cliff College, an article by Julie Bunting, available elsewhere online.


Now or formerly Evangelical Bible College.

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 SK2477274351. 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 Curbar, 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 5 Jan 2015 at 15:32.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 18:55:49 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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