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 Wesleyan Methodist Church, Botteslow Street

 

 Wesleyan Methodist Church, Botteslow Street
 Wesleyan Methodist Church, Botteslow Street

photo: May 2008 
[former church had been used for storage]

 


Demolition of the church -  23rd April 2010 

in the background - houses being built on the former Johnson Brothers Trent Pottery Works 

 

BULLDOZERS have moved in to demolish a chapel built 100 years ago

"The Botteslow Street Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Hanley, is one of the last surviving buildings in a clearance area which has already seen more than 200 homes torn down in recent years.

Work to demolish the building, which was built in 1906 to replace the original chapel erected in 1880, started on Wednesday and was expected to finish today.

Local historian Angie Stevenson, from Longton, has been documenting the demolition of buildings across North Staffordshire for future generations and was among the spectators yesterday. And she has been busy ensuring parts of the chapel are retained for years to come. She said: "It's terribly sad to see the building coming down and I think it's important we do all we can to preserve our history, especially when you consider the chapel is more than 100 years old.

"I've saved a wooden fireplace and the workmen are also going to save me the stone tablet at the top of the chapel, which is dated AD1906. "I'll be putting the items in storage for the time being and then, when a new development is put on the site, I will be speaking to the builders to try to get them included in the new building." Mrs Stevenson said the demolition of the chapel, which seated congregations of up to 200, had provoked emotion in the area.

She said: "A lot of people have been stopping on their way past to chat and share their memories of the building.

"I've had people tell me they were christened inside the chapel, while others have told me they got married there, or went to Sunday school. 

"In its heyday it was a centre-piece for the whole community."

The demolition work is part of the wider City Waterside project, which will see the creation of 2,500 homes, including canalside apartments and family houses. Clearance work has been carried out around Botteslow Street and between Waterloo Street and Commercial Road.

A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: "The chapel should be fully demolished shortly. In the short-term there are plans to landscape the area, with a view to the land later being used as part of a possible new road system linking the city centre with Bentilee." 

The 22 million bypass plan, which has been in the pipeline for 35 years, is currently under review by the council."

The Sentinel Newspaper - 23rd April 2010

 

 


1906 date stone

the church, built in 1906, replaced an earlier 1880 building 

 


entrance door 

 

former church building used for storage by A1 removals
former church building used for storage by A1 removals 

 

The Boys Brigade   
The Boys Brigade 

Sisterhood
Sisterhood

Sunday School 1934
Sunday School 1934

 

Sunday School built behind the church in 1934
Sunday School built behind the church in 1934

 

Mr Thomas Wood
Mr Thomas Wood 

 


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