Historic Peak District chapel goes up for auction


Written by: Adrian Little on 27th November 2023


The former Congregational Chapel in Middleton, near Matlock, in the Derbyshire Dales is being put up for auction in the New Year.

The early 19th century chapel has been given a guide price of £175,000 by Sheffield-based auction house Mark Jenkinson, which will include the property in its online auction in January.

With two large rooms – the former church nave and school room - as well as a kitchen, cloakroom and toilets, the L-shaped, stone-built property is situated on a 0.35 acre site.

The 2,500 sq ft building was a place of worship for the Congregational Church, which traced its roots back to the 16th century and was associated with Oliver Cromwell.

Adrian Little, director at auctioneer Mark Jenkinson, said: “The chapel is a landmark property in a sought-after village on the fringes of the Peak District National Park so this is quite a rare opportunity to purchase an unusual historic building in a fantastic location.”

He added: “Middleton itself is a stone’s throw from the market town of Wirksworth and close to excellent facilities in Matlock, as well as being on the doorstep of the Peak District and the popular High Peak Cycle Trail.

“While there is no planning consent for change of use for the building in place currently, there are a several creative options, from residential to business use, that, subject to gaining the relevant planning permissions, would enable a buyer to realise the huge potential of the former chapel and reinstate it as an asset to the village.”

Mark Jenkinson’s monthly property auctions, which include the Middleton Congregational chapel in the 31 January sale and have new lots added daily, can be found here.

About the Author

Over the last 40 years Adrian has been involved in the sale by auction of over 10,000 properties in the Yorkshire and Humber region, ranging from small sites and ground rents to large industrial estates and residential investments. He has been most fortunate to have sold many landmark buildings throughout the region and is particularly interested in properties that require modernisation, restoration or redevelopment.

Having spent many hours on the rostrum at Bramall Lane, he saw the incredibly successful transition to online auctions seeing some £100m of residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial lots being sold for private, corporate and local authority clients. In March 2023, he joined Eddisons and Pugh & Co to forward this success and continue to offer personal service with a larger national presence .