Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Brierley Green Congregational Church, Bugsworth (Buxworth)
Brierley Green Congregational Church,
Brierley Green, SK23 7NL,
Bugsworth (Buxworth), 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 1826, and we understand it is still open.

The foundations of Brierley Green Congregational Church were laid in 1826, originally as a day- and sunday-school, where the minister from Chinley Chapel held regular services. A meeting-house certificate for its use by Independents was issued in May 1827, and the school remained in an undenominational trust until it was purchased by Congregationalists in 1890, who erected the present chapel building in 1906-7, attaching it to the west end of the school. The original building, with stone walls and slate roof, was formerly entered through a round-arched rusticated doorway at the east end.

The south wall has a tablet inscribed 'This school was erected by Subscription in the Year 1826 Pro bono publico'. The interior, now single storey, with an east gallery and shutters at the west end, opening into the chapel, may have been divided into two stories originally, with accomodation on the first floor for resident teachers. [Source: Non-Conformist Chapels and Meeting Houses, Derbyshire (1986)]

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/450/2/6/28) for "Bugsworth School Room" records a separate building, erected in 1826 for an Independent congregation, and used exclusively as a place of worship. It had seating for 110, all free, and it had an average congregation of 30 attending evening service (no mention of Sunday Scholars). The return was completed by Ebenr. [Ebenezer] Glossop, its Minister, who gave his address as "Chinley near Chapel en le Frith".

It is not easy to ignore the presence of the railway in this area. A few yards to the east of the building, there is a bridge over the road, carrying the main railway line between Sheffield and Manchester - as is also the case near to James Clegg's Independent Chapel in Chinley - something they may not tell you in guide books! Bugsworth station opened in 1867. [Source: Disused Stations (Closed Railway Stations in the UK)]


Now or formerly Congregational.

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 SK0270782355. 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 Bugsworth (Buxworth), 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 23 Dec 2014 at 08:45.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 19:16:37 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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