Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist Chapel

Celebrating the Centenary in 1928

Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist Chapel
Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist Chapel
Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist Chapel
undated newspaper picture of Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist chapel | Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection
undated newspaper picture of Englesea Brook Primitive Methodist chapel
Englesea Brook Museum picture and postcard collection

‘Much enthusiasm’

‘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.

Birthday party

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.


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  • Extracts from Hugh Bourne’s Journal relating to Englesea Brook

    Friday 17. By railway to Basford, then walked to Balterley, and then to Englesea Brook, and preached from Matt 13.43; then from John 7.37-39. I slept at Mr Salmon’s.

    Saturday 24 April 1847. I came to the house of my nephew Mr Salmon, at Englesea Brook.
    Sunday 25. I preached at Weston, John 7.37. Truly a good time, thank the Lord! Afternoon at Englesea Brook chapel, I preached to the children. Brother Benjamin Higgens from Kidsgrove preached the Anniversary and also at night. About £6.2.0.

    Wednesday 28 June 1848. [From Brown Edge] I came to Englesea Brook and found all well.
    Thursday 29 June. At Englesea Brook; night at class, a good time. [to Rhosymedre]

    Sunday 17 September 1848. [From Betley] Englesea Brook. School sermons. I attended at night and spoke. [Stayed at Englesea Brook for 5 weeks ill until 21 October 1848. Then to Bemersley.]

    By Jill Barber (25/05/2017)
  • Primitive Methodism in Englesea Brook began in the home of Sarah Smith, a farm labourer’s wife, in 1811. The chapel was built in 1828, and enlarged in 1832, when the gallery was added. According to the Religious Census, taken on 30 March 1851, there was free seating for 150 people and 60 other spaces, which would have been the rented box pews in the gallery. There was no morning service, but on that day 78 adults and 56 children attended the afternoon service, and 66 came to the evening service. The return was made by the steward, George Whittaker.

    By Jill Barber (11/07/2015)

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