Planning a visit
Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum is now closed to casual visitors until the start of April 2022, when we will begin a whole year’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Hugh Bourne. In the meantime we are open for schools and group visits, and said schools and groups can book by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Englesea Brook is a peaceful hamlet, with easy access from the M6, which seems a world away! Our early Primitive Methodist Chapel was built in 1828, and has box pews in the gallery.
Hugh Bourne’s Memorial School, built in 1914, houses the Museum of Primitive Methodism, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Hugh Bourne himself is buried in the graveyard, where his Memorial tells an amazing story of this working class revival.
A Library is in the Bier Room, which includes rare works printed by James Bourne on the press at Bemersely Farm (1821-42). This unique collection relating to Primitive Methodism, tells the story of women preachers and trade union leaders, music and literature, faith and social justice.
The Caretaker’s Cottage is now a Tea Room, with a Shop, and a Reading Room where you can come to study, or just to browse.
You can also visit the amazing Alsager Book Emporium, an absolutely brilliant secondhand bookshop housed in an old Methodist chapel, every Friday and Saturday between 10am and 2pm, at Hassall Road Methodist Church, Hassall Road, Alsager, ST7 2HE. Proceeds from the sales help support the Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum.
Details of Englesea Brook and other chapels and churches in the area can be found on the Explore Churches website.