Castle Gresley: High Cross Bank Primitive Methodist chapel

Photo:High Cross Banks chapel and school

High Cross Banks chapel and school

Christopher Hill Jan 2017

Photo:High Cross Banks chapel

High Cross Banks chapel

Christopher Hill Jan 2017

Photo:High Cross Banks school

High Cross Banks school

Christopher Hill Jan 2017

Photo:High Cross Banks access to yard

High Cross Banks access to yard

Christopher Hill Jan 2017

location of the former High Cross Banks Primitive Methodist chapel

14 Mount Pleasant Road Castle Gresley DE11 9JF

By Christopher Hill

In January 2017, High Cross Bank Primitive Methodist chapel in Castle Gresley consists of two buildings end on to the street with further buildings behind.

The chapel appears on Ordnance Survey maps in 1883-7, located opposite the end of Chapel Street.  By 1903 there is a Sunday School added. The larger building, on the right, carries the date August 30th 1905 on a foundation stone.

The chapel closed in the late twentieth century.  The society joined  with the former Primitive society at Linton Heath and the former Wesleyan society from Station Road, Church Gresley, to form Trinity Methodist Church, which was still active in 2015.  The new society used the Linton Heath building.

On Google Street View in June 2011 the High Cross Banks premises are disused.  In January 2017 they are still disused and in need of love and attention - see the pictures.  There is however a bright shiny chain locking the iron gates giving access to the yard on the left of the buildings.

What will happen to the buildings? 

The carved stones on the front of the larger building carry the following inscriptions:

  • Laid by Mr S Winterton
  • Laid by Mr J Sibson
  • Laid by Mr J Moore
  • Laid by Mr H Sabine
  • Laid by Mr W Ball
  • Laid by Mr W Illsley
  • Laid by Mr H Chadbourn
  • Laid by Mr W Cotton
  • Laid in memory of the late Mr L Jackson by Mrs Johnson and family
  • This stone was laid by Mr W Bourne August 30th 1905
  • Laid by Mr D Knighton
  • Laid by Mr W Smith and family
  • Laid by Mrs W Timms Sen
  • Laid in memory of the late James Astle by his family
  • Laid by Mr W Gilliver
  • Laid by Mr C Faulkner
  • Laid in memory of the late Mr George Rogers by his wife and family
  • Laid by Mr HH Robinson
  • Laid in memory of the late Mrs A Butler by four members of her family
  • Laid by Mr J Wright
  • Laid in memory of the late Richard and MA Cleaver by their family
  • Laid in memory of the late William Topliss by his wife and sons
  • Laid by Mrs J Hikes (?) on behalf of the family 
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