Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East
Primitive Methodist white commemorative plate with grey, green, brown and gold illustrations and text. Images: Top: "First camp meeting, held at Mow Cop, May 31 1907". Right side: "Jubilee Chapel, Tunstall". Left side: "Memorial Chapel Mow Cop". Bottom:" Clowes Memorial Chapel, Burslem". Centre: "Hugh Bourne. Born April 3rd 1772. Died Oct 11th 1852" "William Cowes Born march 12th 1780 Died March 2nd 1858". The is text around the rim of the plate: "The little clouds increasing still which first arose upon Mow Hill" "The Centenary Camp Meeting was celebrated at Mow Cop on May 26th & 27th 1907". The back of the plate gives church statistics: "Truly What Hath God Wrought. Chapels & Preaching places 4,905. Ministers 1,153. Local Preachers 16,209. Church Members 210,173. Congregational ... 607,682. Sunday Schools 4,209. Teachers 61,275. Scholars 477,114. Value of Property 4,958,978 pounds.
In 1823 the membership of the Primitive Methodist church in the UK was 33,000. Forty years later, in 1863, membership had grown to half a million making it the third largest religious group after Anglican and Wesleyan Methodist. Primitive Methodism came to Australia in 1840.
Inscriptions & Markings
"1807 PRIMITIVE METHODIST CENTENARY 1907"