Englesea Brook Chapel


Open April to October
Thursday to Saturday 11am – 3pm
Sunday 2pm – 4pm
Open November to March by appointment only
Special appointments all year for schools and large parties
Check website and social media for details of services and online events and activities throughout the year

About this Museum

Englesea Brook is one of the four main Methodist heritage sites in the UK. It focuses on the story of the Primitive Methodists (known as the Ranters), a working class revival movement which started in North Staffordshire and spread around the world. The Primitive Methodists were instrumental in the development of trade unionism and sent some of the first working class MPs to Parliament. At Englesea Brook you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the small chapel of the Primitive Methodists, where occasional services are still held, and explore the graveyard as well as the exhibitions and displays in the adjacent museum.

The museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 artefacts and an extensive archive related to the history of the movement. The displays explore themes such as the Primitive Methodists’ promotion of temperance, and the experiences of conscientious objectors in the First World War.

  • The museum holds 115 stunning decorative banners, some of which are on display while others are available digitally.
  • The grave of Hugh Bourne, co-founder of the Primitive Methodist movement, is at Englesea Brook.




Englesea Brook Lane



Free entry, donations welcome



01270 820 836
[email protected]

Visit info

Length of visit

Allow 1 -2 hours for your visit


Regular onsite programme of heritage chapel services, ‘soup and study’ sessions, talks and tours, plus online heritage talks and study sessions via Zoom. Check our website and social media for further details.
Activity guide available for children.
The museum runs a second hand book sale at Hassall Road Methodist Church, Alsager every Friday and Saturday 10am-2pm


Refreshments available
Selection of toys, gifts and books for sale.
Toilets available


Wheelchair access to all areas of the chapel and museum.

Getting there
By car:

Short distance from M6, Junction 16
Parking is free opposite the museum

By train:

Nearest station is Crewe

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