Derby Dale Road Primitive Methodist chapel

Lower Dale Rd, Derby DE23 6WZ

Dale Road Primitive Methodist chapel in Derby is in the inner city area.  In 2016 it continues to be used as a church, but by the Serbian community.  It had closed as a Methodist church in 1962.

The commemorative stones on the front have been covered, but the ones on the side of the building are still visible.  They commend Miss E E Cooper, Mrs H Jeffrey, Miss E Bowyer and “Mr A  D Mitchell for his son Harry”

As the population of Normanton expanded in the nineteenth century, a room in Church Street was used for a new Primitive Methodist Society.  In 1880, the Traffic Street chapel in Derby took the initiative to build a Sunday School on Dale Road which was initially also used for worship.  The chapel itself  opened in 1901. The cost of the chapel and school was £3,120.

In 1903 it became head of the Derby 4th Circuit.

You can read here an account of the development of Primitive Methodism in Derby from the Handbook of the 94th Primitive Methodist Conference, held in Derby in 1913.

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  • The 1901 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 717) contains an account of the laying by Sir Thomas Roe of the foundation stone for the Dale Road chapel, which was then part of the Derby First Circuit.

    The new chapel would cost £2,600 and seat around 500 persons.

    By Christopher Hill (22/01/2022)

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