WEEKLY LUNCHEON CLUB
The use of a ‘magic lantern’ with Victorian magic lantern slides on a Sunday afternoon at Mow Cop Methodist Chapel is bringing back many memories from the past. Past generations found a rich social life at the local chapel, and this was particularly important in an isolated, wind-swept location with inhabitants who worked long and hard hours to earn a basic living wage as at Mow Cop. Spiritual and social life was nourished at the local chapel.
As part of the ‘open days’ magic lantern stories being shown include ‘the Calculating Cobbler’,’ the Blacksmith’, ‘the Lifeboat Men’ and the ‘White-washer and the Chimney Sweep’. There will also be a conducted tour of the chapel and an opportunity with ‘hands on’ equipment to learn about the Primitive Methodist way of life.
Originally the magic lantern was lit with a four wick oil burner and this is retained today for viewing. However for safety the actual light is provided for these shows with a contemporary twelve volt battery. This is a low level of illumination by modern standards, however with the aid of the large lenses of the magic lantern many visitors are surprised at the quality of the picture that is produced on the screen.
The magic lantern slide shows continue each Sunday afternoon from Sunday 29 April until Sunday 20 May between 2.00- 4.30 pm at the Mow Cop Methodist Chapel, Primitive Street, Mow Cop ST7 3NW. Admission is free and tea and coffee will be available.
After a successful opening last year again on Sunday afternoon’s this year from 2.00-4.30 during the period April 15th – 27th May we shall be offering guided tours.
The chapel was built on the site of the first day-long open air meeting known as a ‘camp meeting’ held in the UK in 1807. The idea and practice had come form America and ‘camp meetings’ were viewed with fear and suspicion by both religious and secular authorities in ‘Old England’. In the background was the recent Declaration of American Independence, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, so the powers that be watched with a very suspicious eye.
This year among the guides will be ‘a preacher, a poet and a patriot’ – three of the participants who are known to have arrived in 1807 and who each had a message to share.
Illustrated is Mow Cop Member Jeff Hancock representing sea captain and poet Edward Anderson, one of the 1807 preachers, standing with current members of the Mow Cop congregation Ann Daniels, Russ Bromley and Doris Williams.
This picture is the front cover of Edward Andersons publication of ‘The Sailor‘. The poem contains an account of the disasters that befell Edward Anderson and how he came to God – through Methodist open air preaching at Liverpool. This is the poem that Edward Anderson recited at Mow Cop at the 1807 camp meeting.
Volunteers are more than welcome to help with tea/coffee/ biscuits, and those willing to take on the role of guide (hopefully as one of the Mow Cop ‘characters’ of 1807)