The records of Palterton Primitive Methodist Church in the
Bolsover Primitive Methodist Circuit.
1891. The chapel was built and opened that
year. Trust estate was Freehold. The trust deed was
conexional. No school premises or cottages were
attached. The deed was enrolled in Chancery and held by Mr S
Johnson and kept at Palterton. The total debt when finished
1893. 31 December. The debt for year ending
this date was £71. It was insured for £87..10s.
1892. December. It was valued at £150.
1915. December. At a meeting of the Trustees,
it was resolved to appoint new trustees. With this in mind it
was resolved that ? Marsden, J. Marsden, N. Townsend, J. Vann, H.
Parsons, T. Hunt, J. Woods and J. Goucher be asked to stand and that
Rev. W. Brown be asked to see the same with Mr. C. Stubbins as an
1916. 8 January. At the next Trustees meeting,
with the Rev. W. Brown in the Chair, all the persons asked to stand
as Trustees were willing, with the exception of N. Townsend. Also,
the following appointments were made: Secretary - Mr. J.
Goucher. Treasurer and Choirmaster Mr. T. Marsden. Mr.
J. Woods represent the Trustees at Quarterly meetings. Mr. N.
Townsend be Chapel steward. Miss Jones be organist and that
she be thanked for her past services and hoping she will continue.
1916. 31 May. The Trustees resolved to apply
to the Chapel Aid Society for a loan of £55, so they
could pay off the mortgage on the Chapel. Furthermore they
agreed to pay £3 per annum off the principal with 4.25 % interest.
1916. 19 October. They were granted this loan
because at the Trustees meeting on that date, (Rev. W. T. Cole in
the Chair) item 23 records, "That we note the money, £55 from the
Chapel Aid Society, was received by the Circuit Minister, Rev. W. T.
Cole, on the 5 October 1916 and that we were able to pay Mrs.
H. Parsons of 1, Inkersall Road, Staveley Town, the amount due to
her at the end of the year for interest 9 October 1916
......". At the same meeting it was resolved that Miss Marsden be
caretaker with pay of £1..12s. per annum.
1920. 4 February. The caretakers salary was
increased by 10 shillings per annum at the Trustees Yearly meeting
held on that date.
1924. October. There are no further meetings
recorded until this time, when the Trustees again met and discussed
an offer from the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Company
expressing the desire to purchase coal under the Chapel at
Palterton. They resolved to accept the offer of £10 on
condition the company make good any "subsidence damage".
1926. 20 January. At the Trustees Yearly
meeting held this date, the officials are recorded as follows:
Mr. N. Townsend be Secretary, Mr. T. Marsden - Treasurer, Mrs. E.
Townsend - Organist with Mr. A. Marsden assistant organist.
Mr Jacob Richards was Chapel steward. (This is my grandfather
and the first mention that I have found in the records of his name
and involvement in the Chapel).
1926. This was the year of the General Strike and miners were on strike. This
had serious economic and financial implications for the village.
1926. 11 September. A Special Meeting of the Trustees was called and was presided by the Reverend E. Metcalf. It was resolved "that we accept with regret the resignation of Mr. T. Marsden and that Mr Jacob Richards be Treasurer".
The entries do not record the reasons for Marsdens' resignation
but there must have been a good reason because it caused quite a
stir in the village. I have a copy of documentary evidence of
a wife writing to her soldier husband recording "that Jake Richards
had kicked Tom Marsden off the Chapel Committee".
This was not strictly accurate, Jacob "Jake" Richards had
in fact been elected by the trustees.
1927. 16 January. The minutes of the Trustees
Yearly meeting held this date record that Mr. J. Richards was
both Treasurer and Chapel steward and that the following do act as
the Chapel Committee, Mr Jacob Richards, Mrs. Joyce, Mrs
Norman Townsend, Mrs Elsie Townsend, Mr Robert Marsden, Mr Charles
Candlin and Mrs. Elsie Townsend snr. Mr Norman Townsend was
both Secretary and Society steward whilst Mrs Elsie Townsend was the
1929. 16 January. At the annual meeting of the
Trust this date, the Reverend W. G. Fielder occupied the
chair. It was resolved "that all officials be re-elected with
the exception that Mr Jacob Richards be secretary for the
Trust and Mr Norman Townsend be treasurer.
1930. 15 January. The minutes of the Annual
General meeting of the Trust held this date, are in the handwriting
of my grandfather, Mr Jacob Richards. He records the
following information. "That officials be elected as follows:
110. N. Townsend. Treasurer.
Mr Jacob Richards Secretary.
Jacob Richards Chapel steward.
Jacob Richards Rep. to Quarterly
112. Mrs. E. Townsend
113. Mr C. Candlin Assistant
115. Mrs. Floyd Caretaker.
it was proposed and seconded that Jacob Richards be assistant
1931 14 January. The annual meeting was held on this date with
the Rev. W. G. Fielder. The officials remained the same with the exception
of Mr. A. Marsden who replaced Mr. Charlie Candlin as assistant organist.
121. The following officers were elected:
Jacob Richards - Secretary. Norman Townsend - Treasurer. Mrs. E.
Townsend - Organist. Mr. A. Marsden - Asst. Organist. Jacob Richards
re-elected to Qtr. meetings. Mrs C. Floyde - Caretaker.
1932. There is no record of an annual meeting and next year
grandfather Mr Jacob Richards is no longer "on the committee"
1933. 12 January.
There is an item in the minutes of the annual general meeting of this date that records "That with regret we record the
passing of Brother John Thomas Marsden, who was a Trustee of this
Church for many years. We place on record our appreciation of his
work and extend to his widow, to the members of his family, our
1938. 1 December. Trustees Meeting held this date. Chairman Rev.
151. It was agreed that a tablet be erected to the memory of the late Mr Mark Richards.
This latter entry is a reference to my uncle Mark Richards
who was tragically killed in the Markham Pit Disaster of 1938. He
had been a Sunday school teacher at the chapel for several years.
1955 July. This tablet (plaque) came into the possession of the author
via the Derbyshire National Union of Mineworkers H.Q. at Saltergate, Chesterfield.
1940 18 January. It was resolved at the annual meeting,
"that we start a book fund for new hymnals and Mr Jacob Richards be in
charge". Furthermore, that all officials be re-elected for the
ensuing year and Mr Jacob Richards be secretary for the
It was moved and seconded that "we make a charge of 15 shillings
(15/-) for the loan of Chapel and utensils, 7/6 (7 shillings and
sixpence) for the loan of pots, table, tea urn. 5/- (5 shillings)
for the loan of pots, 1/- (one shilling) for the loan of the urn,
10/- (ten shilling) for loan of pots, tables, tea urn and table
cloths. 6/- (six shillings) for the loan of tables.
1944. 12 January Amongst officials recorded in the minutes of the annual
meeting of the Trustees held this date, is that of Mr Jacob Richards as a Chapel
steward. Mrs. Floyde was still the caretaker. Mrs Elsie Townsend and Mr Norman Townsend were secretary and treasurer. (172)
1946 16 January. .The minutes of the Annual meeting of the Trust record that two minutes
silence be held as a token of respect to the late Mr Jacob Richards.
1947 29 January The Reverend J. W. Richardson presided at the annual general meeting held
this date when it was moved and seconded "that we again pay 10/- (ten shillings) to the S.M.W and O Fund and
three shillings to the Chapel Committee.
1948. 7 January. Mrs. J. Dunham is recorded as the caretaker.
1948. 24 March. The Trustees Meeting resolved that "we
accept Mr. Marchants tender for renovating and decorating and that he be asked to
renovate the pulpit and forms. That the Sunday School pay £20 towards expenses etc."
1951. 17 January. There was a two minutes silence at the Annual Meeting held this date as
a mark of respect for the late Mr. C. Stubbins, who was a trustee of this Church for many years.
1952. 13 January. There was a two minutes silence for Mrs. S. Jones,
who was a member of the Church for many years.
1954. 27 January At the Annual Meeting the following
names were added to the list of Trustees, namely : Mr. R. (Bob)
Marsden, Mr. C. (Charlie) Candlin, Mr. C. (Cyril) Fisher, Mr. B.
Fenton, Mrs N. Townsend, Mrs E. Townsend, Mrs J. Dunham.
1955. 8 December. At a Special Meeting of the Trustees of the
Palterton Methodist Chapel held at Palterton Chapel in the Bolsover Circuit,
duly convened according to the model deed, the Reverend James Simpson, the Superintendent
Minister was in the Chair.
The following five trustees had died, namely: John Charles Stubbins, Thomas Marsden, John A. Peach,
John Woods and Thomas Hunt. The following trustees ceasing to be trustees for the reasons
stated: Joseph Marsden, John Vann and Henry Parsons desire to be discharged.
(my note: Joe Marsden had been gassed in the 1914-18 war and I always knew him as being simple
minded, his nick name being "Fourpenny Joe").
It was resolved "it is expedient to appoint new trustees, some still willing to continue. Norman Townsend,
Nathan Vann, James Goucher and the following being members of this Methodist Church having been nominated.
It was resolved the following be appointed : Ian Smith, Ida
Townsend, Cyril Edgar Fisher, Robert Edward Marsden, Ethel Fenton,
Charles Candlin, Elsie Townsend, Cyril Tufnel Peach, Fred Dodsworth
(deceased) John Benjamin Mc Kay (deceased), Doris Gascoyne, Wm.
George Wagstaffe, Henry Steele Batty and George Arthur Gee. The
occupations and addresses of each trustee is recorded.
1959. 7 January. The Annual Meeting moved "that with regret
we place on record the passing of Dr. J. B. Mc Kay, who was a trustee of this Church, a
silent tribute was paid to his memory"
1962 27 September. A similar tribute was paid to Doris Gascoyne, a
trustee of this Church at the annual meeting held this date.
Trustees Meetings of Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel.
Matlock R.O. Ref. D.3908/1/2.
1967. 17 October. First entry this date.
1970. 21 May. At a special meeting of the Trustees of
Palterton Methodist Chapel held at Palterton Methodist Chapel, the Rev.
Francis A. Payne presided. Present were N. Townsend, I. Townsend, R.H.Marsden, C. Candlin,
E. Townsend, C.T.Peach, I. Smith, W.G.Wagstaffe, H.S. Batty.
The Rev. F.A. Payne stated that this special meeting had been
called to discuss and consider the closure of the chapel and the
sale of the chapel and land. The Rev. Payne also stated that the
closure of Palterton Chapel had been recommended by the District
Redevelopment Commission and by the Circuit Quarterly meeting (March
1970) because of the withdrawal of a minister from the circuit
(September 1970) and the very small attendance's at Palterton on
After consideration it was resolved by 9 - 0 that :
(1) Trustees ask permission from Connexional Mission Committee to
discontinue services at Palterton Methodist Chapel.
(2) Trustees ask permission from General Chapel Committee to sell
Palterton Methodist Chapel and land.
(3) Trustees make outline planning permission to develop site for
(4) Trustees ask W.T.Parker, Estate agents to value land and
property and sell by private treaty.
The Trustees agreed that proceeds of sale of and
land be invested through Board of Trustees for Methodist Church
purposes for Circuit Advance Fund. (see Standing Order 241a Minutes
of Conference 1968. p.63.)
Rev. Payne stated that he had already received enquiries from possible purchasers.
28 June 1970. Trustees agreed that Public Services be discontinued at
Palterton after this date.
The Trustees agreed that 3 memorial tablets in Palterton Chapel
go to Scarcliffe Methodist Chapel if Scarcliffe Society agreed.
One of these tablets was in memory of my uncle Mark Richards, who
had been killed in the 1938 Markham Colliery disaster and who was a
Sunday School teacher at Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel. This
plaque was subsequently recovered from a builders skip and placed in
the National Union of Mineworkers offices at Saltergate,
. It is now in my possession).
1970. 14 October. Minutes of Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. this date in
Wesley Manse, Hilltop, Bolsover.
Rev. K. C. Forrister in the Chair. Following five Trustees
present. Mrs. E. Townsend (Sec.), Mr. R. H. Marsden (Treasurer) Mr.
Candlin, Mr Gee, Mr. Wagstaffe. Apologies from Mr. Peach and Ian Smith.
Balance in hand £62..1s..11d. Planning permission granted. Agents
Valuation £700. Several interested parties and agreed we accept best
offer over valuation. The meeting was over at 7. 45 p.m.
Subsequently, the little Primitive Methodist Chapel, made of corrugated steel on the outside, lined inside with wood and full of memories over seventy one years was demolished. Memories cherished by generations of Palterton children. Fortunately, the chapel crockery found good homes amongst the villagers, so the memory lives on.
1970. The premises closed and were sold.
(Reference: Matlock R.O. Ref: D.3919/2/2. - an excellent book)
Palterton Primitive Methodist Chapel Secretary's Book. 1929 to 1970.
Matlock R.O. Ref. D.3908/1/1. (December 1915 to October 1966).
Matlock R.O. Ref. D.3908/1/2. (October 1967 to October 1970).
1930. The first page starts this year, but is then crossed out and page
two starts at . The page is divided down the middle. Income on
the left and outgoings on the right.
The finances commence with £7..2s..5 1/2d. The total income in
1929 was £36..10s..2 1/2d, whilst the profit for the year was
£10..18s..2d. The caretaker was paid £1..10s. per annum, the money
being paid quarterly.
1931. The caretakers wage went up to 11 shillings per quarter.
1932. The Chapel made a donation of 17 shillings to the Bentley Colliery disaster.
1933. There is an item under income - Cobweb Social
£1..7s..9d. During the same year, the Chapel funds paid out
£1..2s..8d. to the Gas Company for new piping.
1937. 10 March 1937, a new pulpit bible was purchased for
1937. 13 November. M. Richards made a donation of 2 shillings to the Chapel.
1937. 29 December. A. Saxton paid 10 shillings for the loan of the Chapel. These
latter two entries refer to my uncle Mark Richards and my uncle Albert Saxton,
who married Annie Richards, the sister of Mark Richards. I believe the
loan of the Chapel was to celebrate the marriage of Albert and Annie.
1938. 18 June. Mrs. Hand paid 10 shillings for the "loan of the Church and utensils".
1939. Three items are interesting. On the 25 July the Chapel
recovered 17s..3d. from the Jazz Band. On the 30 August, W. Barfoot
was paid £5..16s..7d. for the path, whilst on the 11 September,
there was a payment made of £1..4s..3d. for blackout purposes. The
second World War had just started and clearly the Committee were
ensuring that no gas lights were visible during evening services.
1941. 21 November. My father Arthur Richards paid 2s..6d. for the loan of pots.
This year saw the commencement of the Chapel paying quarterly
"War Risk Insurance" whilst on the 18 June, 10 shillings was paid to
the Scarcliffe Society and three days later a payment of one
shilling was paid for the repair of the bible.
The main expenditure each year was for gas to light and heat the Chapel.
1943 24 August. M. Richards was paid £1 for repairs to the Chapel. This
is my uncle Mathew Richards, my father's brother and the brother of Mark Richards.
1944. 2 February. There was a first payment of 10s. made to the S. M. W and O fund and then
a payment of 10 shillings annually was made.
1944. 14 September. pound; 3 was paid to Cooke and Richards for "laying of path", whilst
J. S. Wilkinson was paid £27..4s..2d for "material for path". J. W. Thacker supplied
the cement and was paid 7s..6d.
1945. January. The Women's Institute made a gift of
£1..5s. for the use of the Chapel. Later that year, on the 24
September, Mrs Tuckwood paid 15 shillings for the use of the Chapel
for a wedding. The custom was to pay 10 shillings for the Chapel and
5 shillings for the caretaker.
1946. The Women's Institute continue to hire the Chapel
for meetings and pay £1..18s..6d rent. Later that year, Mrs Audis
hired the Chapel for 10 shillings "Pots etc."
1947. 24 May 1947. Organ repairs cost £2..0s..6d.
1948. 6 November 1948. A sum of £37..17s..7 1/2d. was paid for
painting and decorating the Chapel.
1949. It was becoming more prevalent for villagers to pay for
the hire of the Chapel pots.
1951. Mrs Agnes Chappell made her last donation of 10 shillings. She
had been making a similar donation for several years. She died about this time and this was the reason why no more donations
1954. The gas fittings were removed and electricity installed
costing £12..10s. A new baptism book was purchased costing 4s..9d.
1956. 12 January. The last payment of 10 shillings to the S. M. W and O Fund was
1957. December. The Sunday School platform was sold for £10.
1969. 4 January. Nothing unusual appears in the accounts until this date,
when a new door mat was purchased for 12 shillings.
1970. Finally, the accounts reveal an income of £75..9s..10d,
which included the sale of seating for £3. and tables for £1..10s.
The expenditure was £13..7s..11d plus insurance of £3..2s. leaving a
balance of £58..19s..11d.
(Reference: Matlock R.O. Ref: D.3908/2/1.)
Primitive Methodist Bolsover Station.
Minutes of Sunday School conferences, dated 21 November 1929> to 4 July 1940.
Conference held at Bolsover on 21 November 1925. Rev. E. Metcalf presiding. Palterton P.M. Chapel were represented by J. H. Betney.
Item 6. On report re J. Frith of Palterton Primitive Methodist Football Club, suspended for using foul language on the field of play, we request the officials of Palterton Sunday School to give us particulars of same and suggest if they wish such players, it would be advisable to drop the word "Primitive" from the club's name.
Conference held at Bolsover on 19 November 1927.
J. Richards to be a visitor to Langwith for next quarter for Sunday School.
Also, on following dates 18 Fe. 1928, 24 Nov. 1928, 16 Feb. 1929 and 17 May 1930.
7 Dec. 1938 Mr Richards next quarter C.E. at Bolsover. 1 Mar. 1939 preach Sunday School next quarter at Bolsover.
31 May 1939 J. Richards preach Band of Hope at Langwith and C. E. at Shuttlewood.
Aug. 1939 J. Richards preach Band of Hope at Shuttlewood. Likewise 8 March 1940 and 5 July 1940. This is the date of last entry.
At a Sunday School conference held at Palterton on the 19 May 1928, the Rev. E. Metcalf presiding, item 6 stated.
"Attention drawn to widespread habit of people using bad language in the presence of children, the latter repeating same and it was resolved .............."
Matlock R.O. Ref. : D.3919/4/2.
Palterton Mision Room 1868.
Conveyance by Earl Bathurst to the Vicar of Scarcliffe of the site for a school at Palterton 29 May 1860.
Design for Chapel School at Palterton by Edwin Mullins December 1870, plan, 3 elevations and section.
This item relates to the building of the stone Mission Chapel located on Main Street which is Scarcliffe church mission.