Cannockwood Primitive Methodist chapel

Chestall Road, Cannock Wood WS15 4RE

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The opening of Cannockwood Primitive Methodist chapel is described by John Lawley in the 1858 Primitive Methodist magazine. Cannockwood at the time was a scattered hamlet with early Prim links – Hugh Bourne preached here (converting Sampson Turner in the process) and on Cannock Chase there is a mound called Clowes Pulpit where he is said to have preached.

Society membership fluctuated. In 1855 it was 7 but in 1858 it was 20. A chapel site was obtained from Mr Hackwood and a 24′ x 18′ chapel was built at a cost of £95 – £100 of which they would raise £50. However the editor of the magazine was concerned because all the seats were free – how would they pay off the outstanding debt, the interest due and expenses? 

The opening sermons from January 24th  1858 were delivered by Mrs Colley of Madeley, and Rev J Britain of West Bromwich.  

The chapel is marked on the 1884 1:2,500 Ordnance Survey map just south of the junction of Chestall Road with Holly HIll Road.  By the 1902 map it has disappeared.


Primitive Methodist magazine April 1858 p.239


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