Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist Chapel
Celebrating the Centenary in 1928
‘Much enthusiam characterised the centenary services of the historic Primitive Methodist Church at Englesea Brook, near Crewe’. According to a local newspaper cutting from 1928, ‘Primitive Methodism was flourishing at Englesea Brook as far back as 1811, when the name appears on the plan associated with ‘Wryne Hill’.’
Chapel built by voluntary labour
The chapel was built in 1828, entirely by volunteers, and all the materials were given by local people.
- All the bricks were laid by Mr Thomas Whittaker and his son, George.
- Mr Hugh Harding gave bricks and other materials.
- Mr William Salmon made a free gift of the land to build the chapel, which was in a corner of his garden.
100 years later
At the time of its centenary the chapel was considered to be ‘one of the most beautiful chapels wihin a considerable radius.’
The preacher on the Sunday was Mr George Jepson of Coppenhall, a local preacher with a long association with Englesea Brook. Large congregations gathered to hear him. Music was provided by Mr W Riley and party from Audley.
The previous Thursday, a 100th birthday party was attended by a congregation that filled the Sunday School room. Mr Herbert Alcock of Wheelock, presided, and gave a ‘reminiscent speech’. Englesea Brook was then in the Talke circuit, and the superintendent, Rev F Hull, spoke about the church’s history and some of its founders.
Music was provided by Miss Bispham and Miss Freda Robinson, of Crewe, with Mr J Heath and Mr S Jones of Audley. The vote of thanks to all the helpers was given by Rev W Killcross.
Mr Thomas Burgess
The cutting of the cake was performed by the oldest member, Mr Thomas Burgess. The cake had been made by Mrs Arthur Whittaker, and given by the ladies of the church. Mr Burgess recalled some of the interesting incidents that had happened during his time at Englesea Brook Chapel, which spanned more than 70 years.
These items are among a collection kindly donated to the museum by Roy P Rushton, on behalf of the Burgess family.