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Burslem Central Mission - Methodist Chapel

Burslem Central Mission - Methodist Chapel

Otherwise known as Swan Bank Methodist Church,
the Mission was built in 1901 and demolished in the 1960s

photo: Gerald England - 1962
and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence


 


Swan Bank Methodist Church
Swan Bank Methodist Church
This replacement modern church of concrete and brick
was designed by Hulme, Upright and Partners and completed in 1971

Swan Bank Sunday School buildings
Swan Bank Sunday School buildings
 

To the side and round the back of the modern church, the Sunday School still stands in the school yard as marked on the 1898 map and exactly as described by Arnold Bennett in his novel, Anna of the Five Towns.
 

Bennett called the Swan Bank church 'Duck Bank Chapel'
Bennett called the Swan Bank church 'Duck Bank Chapel'

photos: Dec 1999

 

On March 29, 1787, John Wesley, by then an old man of almost 84, visited Lane End, where he recorded in his Journal, ".....we entered into the country which seems to he all on fire - that which herders on Burslem on every side; preachers and people provoking one another to love and good works in such a manner as was never seen before."

In Burslem itself later that same day he enjoyed a powerful meeting with a large congregation and many instances of sinners being converted. He wrote, "indeed, there has been, for some time, such an outpouring of the Spirit here as has not been in any other part of the kingdom; particularly in the meeting for prayer. 15 or 20 have been justified in a day. Some of them had been the most notorious, abandoned sinners in all the country;....."

John Wesley died in 1791 at the age of 88. By God's grace, he was responsible, more than any other single person, for turning our nation back to God. His impact on this area was equally profound. Bill Morland, in his "Portrait of the Potteries," makes the astounding assertion that, "No other person has had so great an influence on the character of the Potteries as John Wesley. "