Derbyshire Places of Worship

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Primitive Methodist Tabernacle, Bugsworth (Buxworth)
Primitive Methodist Tabernacle   [no longer registered]
Station Road, SK23 7NJ,
Bugsworth (Buxworth), Derbyshire.


This Church had 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 1841, though it is now closed, but we don't yet know when, and the premises are now in secular use.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/450/2/6/30) for "Bugsworth Chapel and Sunday School" in the parish of "Chinley, Bugsworth & Brownside" describes a separate building, erected in 1841, and used exclusively as a place of worship by a Primitive Methodist congregation. It had seats for 200, all free, and the estimated congregation on March 30th was 10 in the afternoon, and 46 in the evening, with 28 Sunday Scholars at a morning class, and 26 in the afternoon. The return was completed by John Morten, its "Superintendant" [sic], who gave his address as "Bugsworth Nr. Whaley Bridg, Derbyshire".

From above it looks huge, in comparison with the surrounding properties. Kelly's Directory of 1932 confirms it would have seated 200, though I have seen smaller chapels claiming to have seated as many, so the congregation may have been accommodated in a degree of luxury. It is built into the side of the hill, and there is a graveyard at the rear, for which a recent (2014) television programme Escape to the Country revealed that the gravestones were still in situ. Note: Kelly's Directory says it was built in 1876, but this may refer to alterations, as the programme demonstrated it had a datestone of '1841'. It it not known where this is, as all that's visible from the road is a "foundation stone" at ground level to the left of the entrance, with an inscription, which may or may not refer to its commemoration, or alteration.

The village also has a separate burial ground, consecrated in 1879 and extended in 1916, according to Kelly, with a suggestion this was separate from the village church, so possibly it also accommodated non-conformist burials.


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 Church was located at OS grid reference SK0233782170. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:

Information last updated on 22 Dec 2014 at 15:35.

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This Report was created 9 Dec 2023 - 17:27:25 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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