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Matlock & Matlock Bath, Religious Census, 1851
Census transcripts for Matlock, Matlock Bath & District

Census of Great Britain, 1851
(13 and 14 Victoriæ, Cap. 53.)
HO129/449 Bakewell

Census of the Population 1851[1].

Taken 30/31 March 1851[2]

The two Church of England churches that then existed, Matlock Parish Church (St. Giles') and Holy Trinity in Matlock Bath, filled in a different form from the other religious establishments. The vicar / rector / curate, etc. was not required to fill in the denomination on the form used by the C of E churches, whereas all other religious establishments had to do so.

This page is linked to Matlock & Matlock Bath Churches and Chapels and the 1851 census (index)

Matlock. The Parish Church (Name and description of church or chapel, as filled in by the vicar, etc:)[3]

Folio 64.
Enumerator's District 7f

Consecrated or Licensed Under what circumstances: -

Consecrated or Licensed (year): -

How endowed:
Land -
Tithe Rent charge } £305
Glebe about } £50
Other permanent endowments -
Pew rents }
Fees }
Dues } Amount of these varying each year
Easter Offerings }
Other Offerings }

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, none;
Other Sittings, about 420;
Total Sittings 420

Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 145; Sunday Scholars 130; Total 275
Afternoon, General Congregation 143; Sunday Scholars 130 ; Total 273
Evening, -

Average Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 300; Sunday Scholars 150; Total 350
Afternoon, General Congregation 300; Sunday Scholars 150 ; Total 350
Evening, -

Remarks:
The average number of Attendants is not by any enumeration that has been kept, but is taken in round numbers at a rough guess.

Signature / Official Character / Address:
W. R. Melville / Rector of Matlock / The Rectory, Matlock
See William Rylance Melville in the 1851 census
Rectors of St. Giles Church, Matlock
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Holy Trinity Matlock Bath.[3]

Perpetual Curacy with a District under 1 & 2 Wm. IV. C 38. (Name and description of church or chapel, as filled in by the vicar, etc:)
Folio 65
Enumerator's District 7b

Consecrated or Licensed Under what circumstances: As an additional Church

Consecrated or Licensed (year): October 1842

How and by whom erected: By private subscriptions and benefactions

Cost, how defrayed: By private benefaction, subscription, or from other sources: Total cost £2400

How endowed:
Land nil
Tithe nil
Glebe nil
Other permanent endowments £31. 15. 8
Pew rents £65
Fees nil
Dues nil
Easter Offerings nil
Other Offerings nil

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 150;
Other Sittings, about 300;
Total Sittings 450

Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 144; Sunday Scholars 46; Total 200
Afternoon, General Congregation 146; Sunday Scholars 46 ; Total 192
Evening, x only during summer

Average Attendees (previous 12 months):
Morning, General Congregation 350; Sunday Scholars 50; Total 400
Afternoon, General Congregation 200; Sunday Scholars 50 ; Total 250
Evening, General Congregation 350; Sunday Scholars - ; Total 350

Remarks:
The attendance during the Summer months is fully double the number of the Winter Congregation, the consequence of the large number of visitors frequenting this watering place.

Signature / Official Character / Address:
William Gibbs Barker / Incumbent / Parsonage, Matlock [Bath]
See William Gibbs Barker in the 1851 census
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Primitive Methodist Preaching Room, Scarthin Nick[4]

Ecclesiastical District of Matlock Bath, Parish of Matlock (Where situate)
Folio 66
Enumerator's District 7a

Denomination: Primitive Methodist

When erected: Feby 10, 1850

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: No

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Yes

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 150;
Other Sittings, 42;
Free Space or Standing Room for 50

Attendees:
Morning, -
Afternoon, General Congregation 120; Sunday Scholars 320 ; Total 152
Evening, General Congregation 140; Sunday Scholars 20; Total 160

Average Attendees (previous 13 months):
Morning, -
Afternoon, General Congregation 150; Sunday Scholars 32 ; Total 182
Evening, General Congregation 200; Sunday Scholars 20; Total 220

Remarks:
The Congregation attending the Evening Service at this Room has been often so large that every sitting and the Standing Room has been occupied.

Signature / Official Character / Address:
George Farnsworth / Manager / Chapel Hill, Matlock [Bath]
See George Farnsworth in the 1851 census
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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel [Cromford - crossed through] [Scarthin][4]

Parish of Matlock, Ecclesiastical District of Matlock Bath (where situate)
Folio 67
Enumerator's District 7a

Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

When erected: 1809

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: Not a Seperate [sic] Building, a Day School under it belonging to another Party. N. W.

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Worship and Sunday School

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 310;
Other Sittings, 224;
Free Space or Standing Room for 50

Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 100; Sunday Scholars 100 ; Total 200
Afternoon, General Congregation -; Sunday Scholars 90 ; Total 90
Evening, General Congregation 120; Sunday Scholars 20; Total 140

Average Attendees (previous 12 months):
Morning, General Congregation 100; Sunday Scholars 100 ; Total 200
Afternoon, General Congregation -; Sunday Scholars 902 ; Total 90
Evening, General Congregation 120; Sunday Scholars 20; Total 140

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address::
W. B. Dennis / Wesleyan Minister / Cromford
In the 1851 census William B. Dennis was shown living on Water Lane Cromford, aged 35. He was also listed in White's 1852 Directory
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Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Matlock Bridge[4]

Matlock Bridge (where situate)
Folio 68
Enumerator's District 7c

Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

When erected: 1840

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: Yes

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Yes

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 150;
Other Sittings, 100;
Free Space or Standing Room for -

Attendees:
Morning, -
Afternoon, General Congregation 40; Sunday Scholars 44 ; Total 84
Evening, -

Average Attendees:
Morning, -
Afternoon, -
Evening, -

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address:
Joseph Hodgkinson/ Trustee and Chapel Steward / Joseph Hodgkinson Grocer Matlock Bath
See Joseph Hodgkinson in the 1851 census
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[Primitive Methodist] Chapel Matlock[4]

Matlock (Where situate)
Folio 69
Enumerator's District 7d

Denomination: Primitive Methodist

When erected: 1838

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: Yes

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): No

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 120;
Other Sittings, 50;
Free Space or Standing Room for 60

Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation -; Sunday Scholars 95 ; Total 95
Afternoon, General Congregation 69; Sunday Scholars 90 ; Total 159
Evening, No Service

Average Attendees (previous 13 months):
Morning, -
Afternoon, -
Evening, General Congregation March 23 160 [crossed through]

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address::
James Hawley / Local Preacher / Matlock Bank
See James Hawley in the 1851 census
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Preaching Room, Matlock Bridge[4]

Matlock Bridge (Where situate)
Folio 70
Enumerator's District 7d

Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist (Reformed)

When erected: Opened for Religious Worship March 2 /51

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: No

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Yes

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 130;
Other Sittings, 16;
Free Space or Standing Room for 50

Attendees:
Morning, -
Afternoon, General Congregation 72
Evening, General Congregation 140

Average Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 90

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address::
Jno Cardin / Steward / Jno. Cardin carpenter, Matlock Bridge
See Jno Cardin[g] in the 1851 census
It is possible that when this closed, the Reformers joined in with the Wesleyan Methodists. See about this chapel (on Matlock Bath Churches and Chapels)

Independent Chapel, Matlock[4]

Matlock (where situate)
Folio 71
Enumerator's District 7g

Denomination: Congregational Dissenter

When erected: 1848, September

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: Yes

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Yes

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 80;
Other Sittings, 170;
Free Space or Standing Room for -

Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 93; Sunday Scholars 182 ; Total 185
Afternoon, General Congregation -; Sunday Scholars 94; Total 94
Evening, General Congregation 174; Sunday Scholars -0; Total 174

Average Attendees (previous 6 months):
Morning, General Congregation 92; Sunday Scholars 90 ; Total 182
Afternoon, General Congregation -; Sunday Scholars 90 ; Total 90
Evening, General Congregation 190; Sunday Scholars 20; Total 210

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address::
John Whewell / Minister / Matlock
See John Whewell in the 1851 census
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Primitive Methodist Chapel [Starkholmes][4]

Matlock Parish (where situate)
Folio 72
Enumerator's District 7g

Denomination: Primitive Methodist

When erected: 1823 May 1st

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: Yes Entire

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Yes

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 25;
Other Sittings, 90;
Free Space or Standing Room for -

Attendees:
Morning, 19
Afternoon, 114
Evening, 175

Average Attendees (previous 12 months):
About 90

Remarks:
March 30 1851
Was own Union Missionary Meeting Makes the Attendance [the remainder difficult to read]

Signature / Official Character / Address::
Thomas Carline / Seat Letter Local Preacher / Thomas Carline Hatter Starkholmes, Matlock Bath
See Thomas Carline in the 1851 census
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Glenorchy Chapel, Matlock Bath[4]

Matlock Parish
District: Matlock Bath (where situate)
Folio 73
Enumerator's District 7b

Denomination: Independents or Congregational

When erected: About 1777

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: Separate and Entire

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Exclusively as a Place of Worship

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 100;
Other Sittings, 250;
Free Space or Standing Room for -

Attendees:
Morning, General Congregation 90; Sunday Scholars 60 ; Total 150
Afternoon, General Congregation 20; Sunday Scholars - ; Total 20
Evening, General Congregation 180; Sunday Scholars 20; Total 200

Average Attendees (previous 6 months):
Morning, General Congregation 90; Sunday Scholars 60 ; Total 1502
Afternoon, General Congregation 20; Sunday Scholars - ; Total 20
Evening, General Congregation 200; Sunday Scholars -; Total 200

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address::
T. M. Newnes / Minister / Rev. T. M. Newnes, Matlock Bath
See T. M. Newnes in the 1851 census
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Matlock Bath Wesleyan Chapel[4]

Matlock Parish (where situate)
Folio 74
Enumerator's District 7b

Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

When erected: -

Whether a Separate and Entire Building: No

Whether used exclusively as a Place of Worship (Except for a Sunday School): Worship Exclusively

Space available for Public Worship:
Free Sittings, 50;
Other Sittings, 30;
Free Space or Standing Room for -

Attendees:
Morning, -
Afternoon, -
Evening, General Congregation 40; Sunday Scholars -; Total 40

Average Attendees (previous 13 months):
Morning, -
Afternoon, -
Evening, General Congregation 40; Sunday Scholars -; Total 40

Remarks: -

Signature / Official Character / Address:
W. B. Dennis / Wesleyan Minister / Cromford
In the 1851 census William B. Dennis was shown living on Water Lane Cromford, aged 35. He was also listed in White's 1852 Directory
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Notes about the form or accompanying papers.

[1] This was a voluntary census of the places of worship, covering the accommodation used and the numbers attending each establishment.

[2] The instructions with the form stated that the Appointed Officer would call for the papers on Monday 31 March 1851. Whilst it would save time and trouble if the form was completed beforehand, the Officer would verify the facts at the residence of the officiating minister, warden, etc. if they had previously omitted to do so.

[3] Schedule for Return of Churches and Chapels belonging to the United Church of England and Ireland.
The form was addressed to:
"The Officiating Minister, Church-Warden, Chapel-Warden, or other Person with whom this schedule is left".
The page heading for the two C of E churches Matlock and Matlock Bath read as follows:
"A RETURN
of the several Particulars to be inquired into respecting the undermentioned CHURCH or CHAPEL in England, belonging to the United Church of England and Ireland.
[A similar return (mutuatis mutandis), will be obtained with respect to Churches belonging to the Established Church in Scotland, and the Episcopal Church there, and also from Roman Catholic Priests, and from the Ministers of every other Religious Denomination throughout Great Britain, with respect to their Places of Worship.]"

[4] Schedule for Return of Places of Religious Worship not belonging to the Established Church.
The form was addressed to:
"The Minister, Elder, Deacon, Manager, Steward, or other Person with whom this schedule is left".
The page heading for all none C of E churches and chapels in Matlock, Matlock Bath, Scarthin and Starkholmes began with:
"A Return of the several particulars to be inquired into regarding the undermentioned place of public worship".


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