Castle Donington Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Market Place

This Gothic edifice was designed in 1905 by Albert Edward Lambert (1869-1929), a Nottingham based architect and Methodist. He designed at least twenty churches, but is probably better known in the East Midlands for his three great railway stations: Nottingham, Victoria; Nottingham, Midland and Leicester Midland.

The church opened 16 May 1906, and could seat 715. It is Listed Grade II, and more  photographs may be seen on the British Listed Buildings  website.

This church replaced the chapel in Clapgun Street, which had seating for 421, so clearly more space was required in Edwardian times.

It is still in use as a Methodist Church, and as can be seen has been adapted to allow easier access. The problem with imposing entrances is that they are usually approached by stairs.


Statistical returns … as at July 1st 1940. Manchester: Methodist Church, Department of Chapel Affairs, 1947

Castle Donington WM 1905

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  • The church was in use when I visited in August, but closed at the end of 2022. The congregation have gone full circle, returning to Clapgun Street (albeit at the other end) to meet in The Light Station. I have added a few more photographs of the interior, taken on 31 March 2023

    By Philip Thornborow (04/04/2023)

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