Birchenough, Albert Allen (1853-1912)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911
Albert's Mother, Eliza
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911

Early years

Albert was born in 1853 at Congleton, Cheshire, to parents Daniel and Eliza. Daniel worked as a silk weaver and green grocer. Albert was baptised on 27 March 1853 at St Peter, Congleton, Cheshire.

Eliza’s father attended the first Camp meeting at Mow Cop. Eliza herself attended both the Jubilee and Centenary Camp meetings at Mow Cop.

Albert was converted in early youth and immediately became an ardent Sunday School teacher and temperance worker. He became a local preacher while still in his teens.

He went directly into circuit work without any college course having worked in one of the largest London printing and publishing houses.


Albert served, in turn, as District Building, Sunday School and Equalisation Fund Secretary. When serving on the Probationers’ Examining Committee he was its youngest member.

Albert wrote extensively for quarterlies, magazines and newspapers. His sole recreation was archaeological and historical study.

His obituary records that Albert’s ministry was not of the popular order – he never wished it to be – but it was marked by an evangelicalism of the highest character.


Albert authored the following.

John Bunyan: the Bedfordshire dreamer

Mow Cop: the birthplace of English camp-meetings


Albert married Mary Eliza White (abt1855-1937) in the summer of 1880 at Congleton, Cheshire. Census returns identify six of seven children.

  • Allen Oakley (b1881) – a draper’s apprentice (1901)
  • Kate Crowson (1885-1978) – a teacher (1911)
  • Edith Mary (1888-1963) – married William John Musson, a PM Minister
  • Frederick Daniel (1890-1958)
  • Eleanor Emma Fanny (1892-1952) – a music teacher (1911); married Thomas Reginal Davies in 1925
  • John Albert (b1894) – emigrated to Canada in 1923

Albert died on 11 January 1912 at Wolverton, Buckinghamshire.


  • 1876 Pocklington
  • 1877 Tetney
  • 1879 Mexborough
  • 1880 Winterton
  • 1882 Dartford
  • 1883 Crowle
  • 1885 Talke
  • 1887 Peaton Strand
  • 1889 Minsterley
  • 1893 Bedford
  • 1895 Wem
  • 1899 Stratford
  • 1903 Shrewsbury
  • 1906 Sandbach
  • 1909 Wolverton


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/575 (mother); 1911/927; 1912/826

PM Minutes 1912/12

W Leary,Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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