This community archive is a resource for the history of the 19th century working class movement known as the Primitive Methodists. Here you can browse through photos, memories, stories and historical information, and find out more about people and places connected with the ‘Ranters’.
Many people have Primitive Methodist ancestors. In 1906 there were 210,173 members in Britain, about 10,000 in Australia and another 10,000 in Canada. Primitive Methodism has its roots in John Wesley’s open air preaching, which began in the mid 18th century. In 1932 it united with other branches to become the Methodist Church of today. Here is a short introduction.
This website is created by a group of volunteers at Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism. We’re always interested in new recruits, so if you’re interested please contact us.
Contributing to the site
You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form.