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Building record MDR12537 - Independent or Congregational Chapel, Lea Road, Dronfield

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Full Description

The Independent Chapel, erected by subscription, at a cost of £1000, is a good stone building, with galleries, and will accommodate 500; attached to which, is a day school, built in 1826, at a coat of £100, which will hold about 100. (1) The Independent Chapel is a large and handsome stone building, erected by subscription in 1861, on the site of a more ancient edifice. It is neatly fitted up with open benches; the lower rooms are used for a school. (2) An Independent Chapel appears on Lea Road, Dronfield on the 1st edition 25" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1880. (3) The Congregational Chapel, Lea Road, is a handsome stone structure in a semi-Gothic style, built in 1843 on the site of one that dated from the latter part of the 18th century. The organ was enlarged a few years ago, and the seats re-cushioned and made free, at a cost of £100. There is a commodious Sunday school on the ground floor. (4) The Congregational Chapel at Dronfield was built in 1812 and rebuilt in 1860. It has 400 sittings. (5) It still appears to be in use as a place of worship (2010). (6) This opened in 1861 on the site of an earlier chapel of 1812. This place is a reminder of 'Black Friday', April 2nd, 1883, when the last rails were rolled at the works of Messrs Wilson Cammel & Co which had been in Dronfeidl only since 1873. Large numbers of people moved to Cumberland due to lack of works as well as Rev. Charles Burrows, minister of the church and known as the 'steelworks' parson'. Nine days later houses were unoccupied and Dronfield became known as 'the deserted village'. (7)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: White, F & Co.. 1857. History, Gazetteer & Directory of the County of Derby. p 738.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: White, F. 1862. General and Commercial Directory and Topography of the Borough of Sheffield, with all the towns, parishes, villages, and hamlets within a circuit of twenty miles. p 716.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. p 229.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Kelly, A L (ed.). 1912. Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire. p 211.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). Current Mastermap and 1:10000 series.
  • <7> Bibliographic reference: Old Dronfield Society. 2009. Explore Dronfield: Heritage Trail No. 1 Dronfield Old Town.



Grid reference Centred SK 3535 7836 (24m by 16m)

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  • EDR3829
  • EDR3762

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Record last edited

May 11 2015 11:05AM

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