Derby Campion Street Primitive Methodist Chapel

former Derby Campion Street Primitive Methodist chapel: which is the original chapel and which part the extension?
Christopher Hill April 2019
Derby Campion Street Primitive Methodist chapel main worship area.
Christopher Hill April 2019
inside the tall, narrow part of the former Derby Campion Street Primitive Methodist chapel, now used as a store
Christopher Hill April 2019

The chapel was built in 1889. From the Stepping Lane entrance, a sign on the building now says ‘The Lonny Wilsoncroft Community Centre’.
(Derbyshire Places of Worship website)

The 1941 Methodist Statistical Return reports the chapel sat 180 and had 3 additional rooms.

Follow this link to view a picture of the chapel.

Derbyshire Record Office has the following information about this chapel

  • Ref. D3777: Campion Street Primitive Methodist Chapel, Derby. Records (27 items) to include Baptisms c.1900-1932, etc. Treasurer’s Account Book 1888-1901. (Chapel closed c.1957).

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  • I suspect the original Prims, with their motto of “Freedom, equality, fraternity” would be encouraged to see the former chapel in use as a community centre for the surrounding area of terraced houses – serving exactly the people that characterised the Primitive Methodists.
    When the Community Association moved into the chapel in 2008, it was a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I visited the chapel on April 4th 2019 to photograph the outside and found a welcome inside. The buildings retain some original features, including cast iron pillars. The tall, narrow part of the building (on the right in the photograph), which occupies the footprint of a terraced house, is in use as an office and store room. The large room (on the left in the photograph) is used for a range of social activities and, although it has a false ceiling, retains its gallery on three sides. When the Community Association took over the buildings, the larger room had a pulpit in the corner which has since been removed
    The lady who showed me round explained that the tall, narrow part of the Community Centre was the original chapel. However, I’ve looked at some early Ordnance Survey maps of the area. There is no chapel (or any Campion Street come to that) on the OS 1:2,500 map of 1884. On the 1899 map the larger part of the building (with the yellow painted walls in the photograph) is in place, but where the tall narrow part is, to the south of it, there is no building at all. There is just a gap before number 7 Campion Street. The gap is filled in by the 1913 map. One other thought is that if the tall narrow part was the original chapel, wouldn’t it have had a door at the front? The yellow part does have a central door on Campion Street, although it has been rendered over externally. So is the tall, narrow part an addition?

    By Christopher Hill (05/04/2019)

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