Castleton Primitive Methodist chapel, Bargate

the 1833 chapel

Castleton, Primitive Cottage (site of the 1833 chapel)
Philip Thornborow, 2021
Castleton, Bargate

The account in the Christian Messenger of the Bradwell Circuit noted “We have had a small society at Castleton from the beginning of the circuit’s history.”  The Bradwell Circuit plan for 1826 includes regular Sunday and Tuesday meetings in this village high in the Peak District.

The first Primitive Methodist Church was built on Bargate in 1833. Derbyshire Record Office now holds the Copy conveyance by bargain and sale with feoffment Samuel Broadbent of Castleton, miner to George Bennett of Castleton, miner and others re a piece of land at Castleton whereon is built as Primitive Methodist Chapel, which is dated 5 May 1834.

The return for the chapel in the 1851 Religious Census was completed by John Butler, Class leader, who was a farmer and cattle dealer. He reported that there was seating for 90, with standing room for a further 150. Three services had been held on 30 March, with 9 adults attending the morning service, 15 in the afternoon and 62 in the evening.

Like a number of rural chapels, this one had not been registered. After 75 years service it was replaced in 1909 by a larger premises on How Lane, which is the subject of another page.

Bargate is now Pindale Road, and the site of the chapel is now occupied by “Primitive Cottage”, and that building is the one illustrated. Was this a replacement building, or can the eye of faith discern a former chapel?

Grid reference SK151825


Christian Messenger 1921/74

Derbyshire Historical Environment Record

Derbyshire Record Office D4052/1/4

The National Archives HO 129/450/2/8/15



Comments about this page

  • Thank you so much for your comment. It is really good when we are given personal memories of a place. It sounds like your 2x great-grandmother laid the foundation stone of the new chapel. The original deeds are now in Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock ( email: or tel: 01629 538347.) and the reference you will need is D4052/1/4. Prepare to see a very large document! The record office have other records relating to the 1909 chapel, so you might be able to see confirmation that Mrs Kenyon used the silver trowel. You will know the history of the cottage better than most, but any other deeds would have been transferred to whoever the property was sold to. You might find some guidance as to what might be available on the Land Registry’s website.

    By Philip Thornborow (22/10/2021)
  • I have in my possession a silver trowel, which was presented to my 2x great-grandmother, Mrs Elizabeth Hannah Kenyon. It is dated 15th May 1909 and quotes the name “Primitive Methodist Church”. The cottage remained in my family for nearly 60 years, and my father lived there as a child during WWII with his mother and brother. My grandfather built the steps from the cottage to the road, which are still present today. I would love to see the Deeds for this property, if at all possible

    By Miss Lindsey Barker (22/10/2021)

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