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Do come along and share our treasures during September and enjoy some of our extra events too

Saturday 6th September - Summer Talk: 'Letters from the Front Line- Wilfred Callin 1918,' with our Director, Jill Barber 10.30-11.30 Free

Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 Sepember: Heritage Open Days: 'All Things Victorian' 10.00-5.00 Free

Sunday 14th September: Heritage Open Days as above 2.00 - 5.00 free

Wednesday 17 September: Quiet Day with Graham Patrick 10.30-3.00 £5.00 including tea and coffee throughout the day   

Saturday 20 September: Circular Walk (5½ miles) starting at 10.30 Coffee/tea available from 10.00 

Saturday 27 September: Cream Tea & Sing a new Song 2.00-4.00

Sunday 28th September: Heritage Service with Jill Barber 'Rebecca and the Trade Unions'


At Englesea Brook you can see Hugh Bourne's grave, discover why the Camp Meeting at Mow Cop in 1807 was so important, and even have a go on the Printing Press.  Our changing exhibitions means there is always something new to discover. There is disabled access, and a small Tea Room and Shop. 

Opening Times for August 2014

In August we are open every day except Monday. Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00-5.00; Sunday 2.00-5.00.  Schools, adult groups, and researchers are  welcome at any time, but booking is essential.  See here for other opening times

Where are we?

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

How to Contact Us

Tel. 01270 820836


What is it 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

'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.


You can see

  • Pulpit, used by Hugh Bourne and William Clowes in John Smith's kitchen, Tunstall, from 1807
  • Atlas Printing Press used by Hugh and Janes Bourne at Bemersley, 1821-43
  • Hugh Bourne's sea chest, with a lit of clothes he took to Canada in 1844



Built in 1828, different phases of its architecture and fittings reveal how social and religious attitudes changed over time.

You can see

  • Box pews, dating from 1832
  • First organ used in a PM Chapel, in Silsden, 1828
  • John Dean's unusual grave



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). 

 'Virtual Archive'

'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.