First Printed Preaching Plan, Tunstall, 1812

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Englesea Brook Museum

a memorial of the first PM plan, printed by Skinner, Wisbech

By Jill Barber

There are 34 places on this plan, in four counties: Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lancashire.

The preaching places

By March 1812 services were being held at Tunstall, Norton, Brown Edge, Stanley, Badley Edge, Bagnal, Butt Lane, Talk o' th' Hill, Cloud, Woodhouse Green, Whiston, Alton, Stanton, Swinsco, Englesea Brook, Betley, Coppenhall, Weston, Stoke, Cotton Work, Caldon, Wooton, Ramsor, Hollington, Boylstone, Rodsley, Roston, Rocester, Cannock, Cannock Wood, Biddulph Moor, Rizley and Five Crosses.

The preachers

21 preachers are named. Top of the list is James Crawfoot, followed by James Steele, James Bourne, Hugh Bourne, William Clowes, R Bailey, W Allcock, Thomas Woodnorth, E M'Evoy, James Nixon, H Mattinson, Thomas Allcock, T Hulme, J Marsh, J Boden, S Broad, H Wood, S Simcock, M Brown, J Buxton and W Morris.

This page was added by Jill Barber on 25/05/2012.
Comments about this page

There is another version of this first plan reproduced in the Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1841, page 457. It is accompanied by a note from Thomas Bundred of Shelton in which he writes that 'it has been looked at as a curiosity' for some years, and he has been offered 'as much as five shillings for it'.

By David Tonks
On 13/09/2012

I was interested in reading this contribution about James Nixon who I believe to be a distant relation of mine. Also I note on the plan Rizley (now spelt Risley) the meetings are still in existence all be it in another building and now in membership of the Independent Methodist Connexion - Thank You David for your contribution

By Alan Nixon
On 18/09/2013

In going through my late father's papers, I have come across a copy of this same initial Plan. In addition to "T Hulme", my grandmother was a Nixon, and the family lived in Tunstall for many years, so I am wondering what links my family may have to these beginnings in P.M.

By Rev David Hulme
On 29/12/2014

This is amazing! Thank you. I have learnt so much from your site and this is just the beginning. And then to see the last two comments about James Nixon! We could be related! My mother Ruth Brown, nee Morrey, (a Methodist class teacher and Sunday School teacher all her life), whose own father was the church organist in Stoke-on-Trent, always told me stories about James Nixon and the start of Primitive Methodism. I think my maternal grandmother's grandmother was Hannah Nixon, the daughter of James Nixon. My grandmother remembered meeting her great Aunt Sarah Thelwell (another of his daughters), a Sunday School teacher and lay preacher. And now to discover that James Nixon had a revelation on 4th March, my dear mother's birthday. She would be so pleased to hear that. Thank you so much! 

By Helen Allen
On 15/11/2016

HELLO EVERYONE,I AN PRESENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF FAMILY RESEARCH AND HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THAT MY MATERNAL GT GT GRANDFATHER WAS JAMES NIXON, I AM NOW TRYING TO TRACE THE DESCENDANTS OF HIS 2 DAUGHTERS, SARAH AND ELIZABETH. I BELIEVE HIS 2 OTHER DAUGHTERS HANNAH AND MARY SADLY DIED YOUNG.I SHOULD BE GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE ANY INFO RE THIS MATTER. MY EMAIL IS hcnobledd@yahoo.co.uk MANY THANKS, HEATHER NOBLE.

By HEATHER NOBLE
On 17/05/2017

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