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Programme of Events 2015
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New Activity Guide to Englesea Brook
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Finding Our Voice: Vice President's address to Conference
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First World War Exhibition
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Access for All - Opening of Disabled Access Scheme
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25,000 Second Hand Books for Sale
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Online library catalogue
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Banners and paintings online
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Was your Ancestor a Primitive Methodist?
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Forthcoming Events

Sunday 22nd November Heritage Service, 2.30, with Jo Hibbard.


Englesea Brook Advent Soup and Study 2015, Wednesdays 12.00-2.00


‘Preparing the Way - Four Methodist Pioneers’


Wednesday 25 November:  John Wesley and his ‘Thoughts on Methodism’, led by Jill Barber


Wednesday 2 December: John Nelson, led by Michael Parrott


Wednesday 9 December: William Bramwell, led by Stephen Hatcher


Wednesday 16 December: Elizabeth Evans, led by Margaret Gleave

Where are we?

Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum, Englesea Brook, Crewe, CW2 5QW.  See here for map.

How to Contact Us

Tel. 01270 820836


What can you see?

At Englesea Brook you can explore the graveyard and see the working children's monument and Hugh Bourne's grave, engage with the exhibitions and displays in the Museum, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Chapel.  There is wheelchair access, toilets, and a small Tea Room and Shop. 

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 2014-2015

'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 armed 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.