Apperknowle Primitive Methodist chapel
High Street, Apperknowle, Derbyshire S18 4BD
Apperknowle Primitive Methodist chapel in High Street was opened in 1879 and is still open today (2014), the only church in the village. Primitive Methodist chapels elsewhere in the parish of Dronfield and in neighbouring Unstone have closed. It is possibly the chapel with the best views in the English midlands from its front door.
However, the 1877 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map shows two Primitive Methodist chapels – the 1879 on one pictured here and one called Ebenezer which was located at the junction of Barrack Road and Chapel Lane, almost opposite the junction with Quarry Road. There is an account by TE Page of the opening of what I take to be this chapel in the Primitive Methodist magazine of 1862.
He tells us that the village had been missioned some thirty years previously. A plot of land was bought from Mr Ward for £10 and J Sharman laid the foundation stone of the new chapel on June 24th 1861. Opening preachers at the services and tea for 150 included Messrs. J. and W. Sharman, (father and son, both natives of the village), W Sapcoat and W Thomas.
The chapel seated 150, had a boarded floor and slate roof, and cost £150 of which £90 had been raised. It measured 24’10” x 24’4″.
On the site now are old cottages; do they include the former chapel?
The 1874 Primitive Methodist magazine tells us that Apperknowle Primitive Methodist chapel was one of five chapels in the Chesterfield circuit that had cleared its outstanding debt. Not only that but they were raising funds for a new and much larger chapel. It appears that in 1879 they were successful.
Primitive Methodist magazine January 1862 pages 47-48
Primitive Methodist magazine 1874 page 755