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Focus on - the birth of Primitive Methodism
next: Hugh Bourne, his birth & move to Bemersley
hallelujah!. . .The Lord is with us still;
There are many monuments to the Master Potters of Stoke-on-Trent, these are found in the statues of Wedgwood, Minton and Campbell. There is also Wedgwood Place, Spode Street, Aynsley Road, Meigh Street.
Smith Child Street and Nash Peake Street recall local philanthropists and Ricardo Street, Villiers Street and Peel Street in Dresden honour local and national politicians.
Bennett Street, Card Street and Riceyman Road exist in memory of the writer Arnold Bennett.
All these people have left their mark and been remembered in many ways - however it is Hugh Bourne who unintentionally started the Primitive Methodist movement who not only left his name on a street but left a movement which changed many peoples and communities lives........
this is the story of the Primitive Methodist Church - the Burslem Wesleyan Circuit Quarterly Meeting, who put Hugh Bourne out of fellowship on 27 June 1808, because of the camp meetings at Mow Cop, had no idea what they had started.
What is Primitive Methodism? And when and by whom was it started?
The two founders of the movement are without doubt Hugh Bourne 1772-1852, and William Clowes 1780-1851.
In 1800 there were no Churches on Mow Cop, the Anglicans showed no interest in the area and the Methodists had reverted to just staying inside their own churches - open air sermons as established by Wesley has died off.
Hugh Bourne described the people of Mow Cop and Harriseahead as a bunch of godless people, and stated that you could not walk the area without physical or verbal assault. And so in 1801 he held prayer meetings at Pointon's Farm, which was to be the site of the very first camp meeting. Bourne had no idea how popular these meeting would become and before long there was not enough room in the farmhouse. He promised the people that they would one day have a full day of prayer on Mow, thus began the camp meetings and the birth of Primitive Methodism.
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