Camp Meeting 200 Anniversary
Camp Meeting 200 Anniversary
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to record the history of Methodist and other Christian activity in the North Staffordshire hill country.

This will also include the surrounding counties of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire, according to what information is available.

If you have any contributions you think may be suitable, please Contact us.

This Web Site is always being worked on, original registration June 2000.
Please visit from time to time to see how we are getting on. Latest pages


outline map (14k) Free Audio CD information
See also
Multi Map links list Cary's Map of Staffordshire, 1787, from Your Maps On-Line Camp Meeting 200
God's Reviving Power
in Primitive Methodism
special meeting at
Trinity Methodist / United Reformed Church
Sunday June 24th 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
Led by Mr. Peter Murcott

(Isle of Mann)
HUGH BOURNE and Primitive Methodism

Primitive Methodism - the name "Primitive" means "Early" or "Original", not "undeveloped" - originated almost by accident. Hugh Bourne and some of his companions were Methodists who from about 1800 to 1810 did much to advance Methodism both around the Potteries and further afield. While they were loyal to Methodism at that time, some felt that they lacked "dignity", and they had their membership withdrawn. They formed the nucleus of a new branch of Methodism of great vitality.

One feature of Primitive Methodism was that it reached the ordinary working people, and changed their lives for good. No hamlet was too small, and Ramsor, a hamlet in the Parish of Ellastone, became prominent. Mission work from Ramsor included the mines at Ecton and Mixon. The social work of John Wesley was continued by the Primitive Methodists, for the benefit of the poor. Some historians suggest that this was the ground out of which the Labour Party, so far as it was concerned to help working people, grew.

For more on Primitive Methodism, and links to source material, see our page on Primitive Methodism and Notes on Hugh Bourne.

News, Events and Church Services

Camp Meeting 200 Anniversary

To comemmorate the 200th anniversary of the first Camp Meeting of 31 May 1807, some of us are planning a walk from Mow Cop to Ramsor. This is a route which Hugh Bourne may have walked from time to time between preaching appointments. We hope to include services at the start and finish, as well as part way. This would reflect one of Hugh Bourne's Sundays. But we will not start quite as early. he would perhaps have started at 6a.m.
Anyone wishing to remember the start of Primitive Methodism is welcome to join with us for as much or as little of the walk as you choose.
Since 31 May 2007 is a Thursday, we think that doing our walk on that day will avoid clashing with any weekend celebrations. The details are to be finalised nearer the time. First guess at start time is 8 a.m. at Mow Cop, and hoping to finish about 7 or 8 p.m. at Ramsor. It would be nice if we can produce a hymn book with some of the early Camp Meeting songs and a selection from the first Primitive Methodist Hymn Book, to use on this day.
Watch out for further details nearer the time, and spring 2007 we will include contact information if you want to get in touch.
For information about Ramsor or Mow Cop or Camp Meetings, see other sections on this site.


held every year


AUGUST Bank Holiday SATURDAY & MONDAY . 10.30 am - 5.00 pm. (Admission Charged.)
and TUESDAY to FRIDAY 12.00 am. - 8.30 pm.( Free Admission.) & SATURDAY 10.30 am. - 5.00 pm. (Free Admission.)

For further information: Tel. 01782 810109; 01270 820836; 01782 522004
A booksale is also open on the above dates at Wesley Place Methodist Church Alsager.

Mow Cop is signed from the A34 Congleton to Newcastle road.
By bus (2004 - please check for current information) to Mow Cop: Take First PMT No. 22 from Stoke, Hanley, Tunstall or Kidsgrove - every 20 minutes on weekdays.

(This booksale supports the Engelsea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism)

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Proposed sections of this web site include : -

  • Geographical notes and tourist information ;
  • Outline history of Methodism in general, and in North Staffordshire ;
  • Histories of individual Chapels ;
  • Stories of significant people ;
  • Documents (a list of sources and general reading)

    books archive which includes some old (out of copyright) or extracts
  • Family Trees ; (of people connected with this Methodist history)
  • Assorted reminiscences ;
  • Comment on the message for today from this history ;
  • Links to other internet web sites of related interest ;
  • a copy of my general links page and writings including hymns (webmaster's privilege)

Contact : - new@rewlach.org.uk


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As I get them sorted out, I shall add documents, maps and photographs to illustrate the area.

North Staffordshire has much to attract the tourist, including Dovedale and the Manifold Valley, as well as much rugged moorland. There is an outstanding sunset view from Merryton Low looking across The Roaches.

Visitors to the village of Hollinsclough (about 6 miles south of Buxton) may like to visit the Methodist Bookroom. One of their publications is "Gerty's story", the life of Gerty Mellor, spanning most of the 20th century.


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