Hamley Primitive Methodist chapel

But where on earth is Hamley?

We are told in the Primitive Methodist magazine about the laying by Samuel Tillotson of a foundation stone for the extension of Hamley Primitive Methodist chapel.

L.J. Abingdon laid the foundation stone and Mr. Scrivener was the architect. Edward Powell chaired a tea meeting for 300 people.

The problem is that I cannot find a place called Hamley on current or historical Ordnance Survey maps. However we do know that Hamley chapel was in the Tunstall circuit in the Potteries, so it is likely that Hamley was in fact Hanley.  Does a chapel extension in 1860-61 fit with a Hanley chapel?


Primitive Methodist magazine December 1860 page 743


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  • According to the “Staffordshire Sentinel” of Saturday 13 Oct 1860, LJ Abington laid the foundation stone to the enlargement of the chapel on Brunswick Street, HaNley (on 8 September 1860)
    According to the report, the Society had commenced at Stanley a few miles from Hanley. Tea had been provided for 200 persons but more than double that were present. The problem was overcome by having three sittings. The Rev Samuel Tillotson gave out the hymns (the first being “Before Jehovah’s awful throne”)

    By Richard Jennings (20/08/2020)

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