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Monument record MDR12710 - United Methodist Free Chapel (site of), High Street, Riddings

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Full Description

There is a United Methodist Free Chapel situated here on the 1st edition OS map, across the road from Zion Chapel, another United Methodist Free Chapel (see SMR 33405). (1) The United Methodist Free Church is a commodious structure of brick and stone dressings. It is of a hybrid style of architecture, but pleasing in appearance. It was built in 1876 at a cost of £2,500. There are two storeys in front and three at the back, the lower one of which is allotted to the caretaker. The chapel is neatly furnished with open benches of pitchpine, and a gallery carried round three sides increases the accommodation. A chaste marble tablet commemorates Charles Brown, of Birchwood, a local preacher who died in 1881, and bequeathed to the Riddings circuit the sum of £550. The old chapel, built in 1854, is now [1895] used as a Sunday school [see SMR 33405]. (2) The United Methodist Chapel was erected in 1876 and has seating for 700. (3) By the 3rd edition OS map, this building was a United Methodist Church. The former chapel across the road is labelled as 'Empire Theatre' [SMR 33405]. It is therefore likely (but not certain) that this building was the newer chapel, which superseded the one across the road. (4) It is in use as a cinema by the 4th edition OS map. (5) This building has since been demolished and the site has been redeveloped [2011]. (6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Bulmer, T and Co.. 1895. History, Topography and Directory of Derbyshire. p 613.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Kelly, A L (ed.). 1912. Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire. p 382.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1912-1921. OS County Series, 3rd edition (Second Revision), scale 1:2500 (25" to one mile).
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1937-38. OS County Series, Third Revision, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). Current Mastermap and 1:10000 series.



Grid reference Centred SK 4277 5241 (24m by 29m)

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Record last edited

Jan 4 2018 2:57PM

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