|OBJECTIVE : -
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
|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and they had their membership withdrawn.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
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
|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 WEEK
MOW COP METHODIST CHURCH (Primitive Street) MOW COP,
STOKE on TRENT
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
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)
To pass on news and notices here Contact us.
Proposed sections of this web site include : -
- Geographical notes
and tourist information ;
- Outline history of Methodism in
general, and in North
- Histories of individual Chapels
- Stories of significant people ;
- Documents (a list of sources and
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
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04 February 2004
Changed e-mail address for a third time due to continued unwelcome
spam. Last August included spam from a Premium Rate Phone Service,
which seems to have passed the address for this web site to another
spammer. ICSTIS who regulate phone services say that they can't do
anything about this problem.
Changed e-mail address first time due to high quantity of spam.
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
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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