Wesley’s words echo across the centuries

Unveiling of Wesley's pulpit at New Mills Heritage Centre, Kevin Mantle, John Humphreys and Derek Brumhead.
Unveiling of Wesley's pulpit at New Mills Heritage Centre, Kevin Mantle, John Humphreys and Derek Brumhead.
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THE famous Wesley Pulpit was officially unveiled during a special event in New Mills at the weekend.

The pulpit, used by John Wesley during a visit to the town more than 200 years ago, has been restored and reassembled after being discovered in a garage at a former methodist hotel near Grange over Sands last year.

It has now been installed at New Mills Heritage Centre and was officially unveiled on Saturday, the closest available date to Wesley’s birthday on June 28.

Wesley first preached from the pulpit during a visit to New Mills in 1768 and he again used it during subsequent visits.

In 1812, the pulpit moved to a new chapel that had been built at Whitfield near Glossop before travelling to a number of churches around the area as well as being displayed, but not used for preaching, in the Central Hall on Oldham Street, Manchester.

Wesley described his visit in his journal, saying: “At noon I preached at New Mills, to an earnest, artless, loving people, and in the evening at poor, dull, dead Stockport.”