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Welcome to Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum! 

We are situated in a peaceful hamlet, with easy access from the M6 (J16), which seems a world away!  Our beautiful Georgian Chapel dates from 1828, and the Museum is housed in Hugh Bourne’s Memorial School, built in 1914.  The Library is in the Bier Room, and the Caretaker’s Cottage is now home to our Tea Room and Education Room. When the sun is shining you can sit on the patio and see the alpacas in the adjoining field.

Hugh Bourne, who organised the first Camp Meeting at Mow Cop in 1807, is buried here, and his monument tells us of the rapid growth of the movement which became known as Primitive Methodism, or 'the Ranters'.

What is Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum about?

We are one of the four main Methodist Heritage sites, and the only one to focus on the 19th century working class revival known as Primitive Methodism. Popularly called 'the Ranters', it empowered  men, women and children. Education was important, and through the chapels many became early leaders of the trade union movement, and the first working class MPs.  Starting in Staffordshire, the movement spread rapidly among potters, miners, fishermen and farm workers across Britain, who took their beliefs with them to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, Fernando Po, Nigeria and South Africa. 

Special Exhibition for 2014-2018

Blood and Guts: a Community at War', looks at conflicting attitudes to the First World War through the lives and experiences of men who served in the rmed forces, Field Ambulance Units, and as Chaplains in the trenches.  It focuses on the stories of Conscientious Objectors, often regarded as 'cowards and shirkers', who stood up for what they believed to be right, and faced arrest, court martial, imprisonment and often abuse from friends and family.  A booklet has been produced to accompany the Exhibition, available from the Museum Shop.


There are over 4,000 artefacts, so not all are on display at the same time. These include 115 banners, which you can see in our rolling digital display in the Museum.  We also have an extensive Library, specialising in Primitive Methodist history.  You can search our online catalogue.

Education Room

Researchers can come and use the resources in our study room. Please make an appointment if you would like to use material in the Library.  An indes to obituaries in the Primitive Methodist Magazine is particularly useful for family historians. We have a complete set of the Primitive Methodist Magazine (1819-1932). 

Family History

'My Primitive Methodist Ancestors' is a community archive, bringing together information about people and places. Many people tracing their family history find they have a Primitive Methodist Ancestor. You can add your own stories, pictures and research. This growing resource is a great place to publish your research andmake it available to others.

Special Events

There is a programme of special events throughout the year, including talks, study days and family activities. Check this website regularly for information on forthcoming events, including our monthly Heritage Services. 

Talks and Tours

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a talk, tour, or group visit to the Chapel and Museum. We also run a full programme for schools.