Whiston Primitive Methodist Chapel, Staffs

The chapel stands by the side of the A52 and is still open. Apart from the removal of the chimney and roof finials, the exterior has changed little over the years.

Inscribed on the date stone: Primitive Methodist Centenary Church 1907 1908.

It seems there was an earlier chapel on the site, as there is a foundation stone with the inscription: 1st chapel built 1836.

This chapel was in the Cheadle Primitive Methodist circuit.

The 1940 Methodist Buildings list describes it as brick-built and seating 170 people on forms.  There was one school hall in addition to the worship area.  At that point it was still in the Cheadle Circuit,


From a glass slide in the collection at Englesea Brook Museum. It dates from c.1915-35.
Jane Richardson, 2014
Date stone
Jane Richardson, 2014

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  • Visit this page from time to time Justin and you may well find people have added comments to the page sharing the role of the chapel in their family stories.

    There’s also a guide to finding out more about a former chapel here.

    By Christopher Hill (08/12/2023)
  • Hello,
    I recently bought Whiston Methodist Chapel and would fascinated to hear about any stories relating to the chapel, & any old photos, exterior and interior.
    As mentioned its still very original and the roof finials shall be reinstated.
    Just a brief history the Architects were Ford and Slater of Burslem and Mr Joseph W Barks of Ipstones was the builder .
    Many Thanks Justin
    oh and Just to correct the above information, There was no chapel on this site,The original chapel is directly opposite , on the other side of the road.

    By Justin Clarkson (07/12/2023)
  • Melanie, 

    Pictures I have seen for this chapel do not show an obvious cemetery attached to the church. 

    The chapel currently appears to have an evening service on Sundays. Suggest you make contact through the Staffordshire Morelands Methodist Circuit when you want to arrange a visit.


    By Geoff Dickinson (01/04/2016)
  • Many thanks.  I certainly will do as you suggest and will keep you posted if I have any interesting news.  Thanks again. Melanie

    By melanie downing (01/04/2016)
  • Hello. I am currently researching family history for my elderly Mum. I am sure that her ancestors will have worshipped here. Is there a cemetery attached to the chapel? Family names are Beeson and Emery. In particular Elizabeth Ann Beeson, my mothers’ great grand mother, who may have been buried here in 1872 when she died at age 30. We plan to visit the area in June and I am hoping that the chapel will be open for visitors at that time. Many thanks for any information that you may be able to provide. Melanie Downing.

    By Melanie Downing (31/03/2016)
  • This page has been updated thanks to information and images provided by Jane Richardson, September 2014. 

    By Jill Barber (25/09/2014)

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