Bethel Chapel, Shelf

Coordinates: 53°45′23″N 1°48′28″W / 53.7564°N 1.8078°W / 53.7564; -1.8078
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Bethel Chapel
Former Bethel Chapel Sunday School

The Bethel Chapel (1853) is an independent Methodist chapel in Halifax Road, Shelf, Yorkshire.

Records compiled in 2007 show that 4,938 people have been buried in the graveyard there since it opened in 1852, including three Elizabeth Taylors and one Isaac Newton.[1]


The chapel was built in 1853; it is unknown who was responsible for its construction. Additions to the building were made in 1995, including new washrooms, a kitchen, and an upper floor. Many of the original box pews have been preserved.[2]

The chapel was affiliated with the Wesleyan Reform movement from its opening until 1873, when it joined the United Methodist Free Church. It remains an independent Methodist church.[2]

Notable burials[edit]

Notable burials include Joseph Jagger, the man who in 1881 "broke the bank at Monte Carlo"[1][3] and Edward Hartley, an early socialist politician who retired to Shelf.[citation needed]

The cemetery includes at least three war graves from the First World War, including Second Lieutenant A. E. Lord of the Yorkshire Regiment who won the Military Medal and died in 1918.


  1. ^ a b Here lies the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo. Halifax Courier, 5 April 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Shelf Bethel Independent Methodist Chapel". Explore Churches.
  3. ^ Low, Valentine (14 August 2018). "How mill worker broke the bank at Monte Carlo". The Times. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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53°45′23″N 1°48′28″W / 53.7564°N 1.8078°W / 53.7564; -1.8078