Milltown Primitive Methodist Chapel

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Photo:1824 Milltown Primitive Methodist Chapel as it was in 1998. It was rebuilt in 1870

1824 Milltown Primitive Methodist Chapel as it was in 1998. It was rebuilt in 1870

Keith Guyler 1998

Derbyshire

By Rachel Larkinson

Milltown was one of the early Primitive Methodist Chapels and was opened in 1824 by Hugh Bourne himself.  He walked over the hills from Staffordshire and formed a society in this farming community on the edge of the Peak District.  This chapel was still open for weekly services in 2003-7, when my husband Roger and I were ministers in the circuit, though it has since closed.  At that time it was the oldest Methodist building still in use in the Clay Cross Circuit.  The interior was typical of early chapels with its stepped floor and basic wooden pews.  Through the windows cows could be seen in the neighbouring field.  To reach the chapel there were steep and narrow lanes to be negotiated, hazardous in wintertime, but occasionally rewarding the traveller at night with the sight of a badger!

This page was added by Rachel Larkinson on 15/11/2012.

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