Wesleyan Methodism in the Congleton Circuit by Rev. J. B. Dyson, 1856
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Class Ticket issued 1762, illustration in Chapter 3 (40KB GIF)
This book contains some interesting accounts of Methodism during the early years of John Wesley's ministry, and is invaluable for any student of Methodism of that time.
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Notes on points of interest
(Links from places are to MultiMap pages)
(For a general web site covering this part of England, see
www.odd-rode.org.uk , a web
site for the history of Astbury and Odd-Rode Parishes.
Many places mentioned in this book are on this web site.)
CH. 1 ; 1738 1745
Contents : - The development of religion not like that of science The light of Methodism sometimes arose in obscurity Persecution overruled for good Subordinate agents raised up in various parts of the nation David Taylor's ministry John Bennet's conversion begins to preach extent of his round Separates from Mr. Wesley, and becomes the pastor of an Independent church Mrs. Bennet noticed Band-meetings explained Preaching at Shrigley-fold, near Macclesfield Thomas Buckley, from Astbury, and others, attend Mr. Wesley preaches at Roger Moss's near Rode Hall
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CH. 2 ; 1745 1749
Contents : - The conversion of Richard Moss, one of the early Methodist Preachers begins to preach narrowly escapes being pressed for a soldier his health fails becomes a Church missionary Old-house-green, the probable residence of Roger Moss "The work" breaks out at Betley and Alpraham Astbury taken into John Bennet's round Charles and John Wesley's first visit to Astbury and Congleton The Rev. William Grimshaw preaches at Astbury his character end labours noticed John Nelson visits the societies in these parts Conversion of Thomas Buckley Mr. Richard Buckley, of Chester Mr. Wesley's second visit Death of a persecutor Anecdotes of John and Charles Wesley Yearly collection instituted
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CH. 3 ; 1749-1763
Contents : - Manchester round The first Conference-Number of circuits in 1746 The first Quarterly Meeting in Cheshire its financial statetment Peter Jaco's labours and hardships The early Methodist Preachers went out without purse or scrip Moral state of the nation The first society in Congleton Extent of the Manchester circuit names of places List of names of members The first chapel in Congleton Mr. Wesley visits Biddulph Character of its inhabitants Prayer-meetings introduced productive of a revival Matthew Mayer's usefulness Mr. Wesley's account of the revival John Furze success of his ministry Remarkable conversion
Notes : - This chapter includes a description of the first Class Tickets, with an example.
CH. 4 ; 1764-1782
Contents : - Mr. Wesley opposed by the higher classes in Congleton The chapel noticed Singular way in which persecution was put down The readiness with which Mr. Wesley accommodated himself to circumstances New chapel, Wagg-street William Stonier and Thomas Garside, Esq, noticed Extent of the Manchester circuit Letter from John Pawson Macclesfield divided from Manchester Preaching introduced weekly at Congleton Joshua Staton Mr. Wesley at Congleton Sketch of the Rev. David Simpson Mr. Wesley called away from Congleton to Bristol The Lime-kilm Thomas Moor Mr. Wesley again at Congleton Division in the Society Mr. Wesley's notice of it Burslem made the head of a Circuit
Notes : - References to Richard and Rowland Hill. They lived not far away, at Hawkstone (near Marchamley), which is now a Country Park and open to visitors. This is the Rowland Hill of fame in the 19th century.
Mr. James Rogers, during his time at Congleton (1782 - 4) married Hester Ann Roe, daughter of the Vicar of Macclesfield, and regarded as possibly the most spiritual woman in Methodism at that time. Her letters read as if written by John Wesley.
CH. 5 ; 1783-1787
Contents : - The ease with which Mr. Wesley adjusted differences Mr. Wesley's labours at Congleton made a blessing to Mr. J. Booth State of the Society Mr. Wesley passes through on his way to and from Ireland Introduction of Methodism into Sandbach Conversion of Miss Harrison, of Wheelock Growth of the Society Letter Commencement of the work at Withington Bigotry Persecution Myles Martindale stopped on the way Mr. Allen's visit to Dingle Smithy His life placed in jeopardy A buffoon abashed Awful end of the persecutors Mr. Wesley's nineteenth visit to Congleton Mr. Troutbeck and Mrs. Guilford
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CH. 6 ; 1788-1803
Contents : - Mr. Wesley opens a new chapel at Leek, and preaches at Congleton Excites great interest His last visit Description of his person Sketch of G. Shadford Samuel Bardsley anecdote of him Siddington Origin of the Sabbath School at Congleton Preaching commenced at Overton Hall, Smallwood Davenport Gillow-shaw Brook Sabbath School Rev. Jabez (now Dr.) Bunting appointed to Macclesfield Circuit Anecdote
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CH. 7 ; 1804-1819
Contents : - Congleton made the head of a Circuit Revival New chapel Was the cathedral of Methodism in this locality Trustees Spread of the Revival to Sandbach New chapel erected there Bosley-Works Nantwich Hassall-Green Moral transformation Narrative of the change John Hanwell Introduction of Methodism into Lawton and Key-Green Withington chapel built Old Hall Theophilus Lessey preaches there afterwards appointed to this Circuit School-room erected at Smallwood Dr. Coke preaches at Congleton Preaching renewed at Siddington -Far-Dane-in-Shaw School-rooms built at Congleton and Sandbach
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CH. 8 ; 1819-1839.
Contents : - Buglawton Revival Extends to Hassall-Green, Street-lane, and Lawton Class-meetings Remarks on Rise of the cause at the Rookery Conversion of a Clergyman Chapel erected at Hassall-Green Extensive Revival reaches Buglawton Bosley chapel Mrs. Garside Mr. W. Drakeford The Rev. C. C. Kirkpatrick Warrenite agitation Caused a division at Sandbach Subsequent prosperity Reduction of chapel debt Split in the school at Congleton Present State Character of the day-school
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CH. 9 ; 1839-1856.
Contents : - Sketch of the Rev. G. Lowe Mr. C. Pedloy Key-Green chapel built Mr. and Mrs. Barlow John Jackson, Esq. Sketch of Mr. John Edwards Rookery chapel and school Sandbach Heath Thomas Garside, Esq. Brownlow Reduction of the debt on the Congleton chapel Mrs. Higginbottom Contemplated division of the circuit Resolutions of the Quarterly Meeting Young-men's Improvement Society Concluding remarks Tables
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