Ashbourne Primitive Methodist Chapels, Derbyshire

Photo:Chapel in Birch's Woodyard: 1820

Chapel in Birch's Woodyard: 1820

Archive photograph

Photo:'Beulah' Ongregation at front of chapel

'Beulah' Ongregation at front of chapel

Archive photograph

By David Leese

There have been three Primitive Methodist chapels in Ashbourne:

1 Birch's Woodyard, Compton, built 1819/20.

2 Dove House Green 1862 

3 'Beulah' Station Road' 1894, opening service Good Friday April 12 1895 to final service September 5th 1965.

Trustee records for 'Beulah' 1894-1965 are held by Derbyshire Archives.

N.B. As well as the Wesleyan presence there was a Countess of Huntingdon's 'Sion'  Connexion chapel from 1801 which became an Independent chapel.

This page was added by David Leese on 19/02/2017.
Comments about this page

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 a plot of land acquired after 12 years and a neat little chapel, well finished was built.  It measured 21' (w) x 27'(l).


By Christopher Hill
On 30/08/2017

My great-grandfather the Rev John Redhead was the Primitive Methodist minister at Beulah Chapel, Ashbourne between 1893 and 1898. According to his own account he was instrumental in raising the money for the new chapel and increasing the congregation ten fold.

I have a photograph which I believe shows him standing on the steps of the chapel with five of his children. Also an account of his ministry which he wrote in 1910. Ashbourne seems to have been his favourite station at the time of writing. 

Happy to supply a copy of the photo and his "life story" which also gives detailed information about his previous stations.

David Redhead


By David Redhead
On 10/01/2018


Thanks for your comment. We would be delighted to receive a copy of his picture and account of his own story. Can you e-mail them to the Englesea Brook Museum - see about us/contact us to get the address.

Have you found our page on John Redhead on this site? Click on the link. It would be great to be able to add his story as a document on that page.

By Geoff Dickinson
On 10/01/2018

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