Ashbourne Primitive Methodist Chapels, Derbyshire
The photographs on this page show two Primitive Methodist Chapels in Ashbourne:
1. A chapel built on Dove House Green. It carries the name Ebenezer in the photograph. Circuit records date this as 1846 although other sources give the date as 1862
2. An 1894 Station Street chapel, known as Beulah. This closed in 1965, but the building was not sold till 1974. It has since been demolished.
In addition, the 1833 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 222) contains an account by J Horsman of the opening of Ashbourn (sic) Primitive Methodist chapel in 1832 although no date for the actual opening is given. The preacher at the opening was William Clowes.
The note says that it took them 12 years to acquire a plot of land and a neat, well finished little chapel was built. It measured 21′ (w) x 27′(l).
As well as the Primitive Methodists, there was a Wesleyan chapel in Birch’s Woodyard, Compton, built in 1822 and a Countess of Huntingdon’s ‘Sion’ Connexion chapel from 1801 which became an Independent chapel.
This page has been amended in the light of additional information (CH)