which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell

Wesley Methodist Church

From Bulmer's Directory 1895

Transcribed by Peter Patilla

"... The Wesleyan Methodists have a Chapel at Crich Common. There is no record of its erection, but the Rev. John Wesley is said to have preached in it. On the wall over the pulpit is a marble monument to John Storer, who died in 1891, at the age of 80. At the age of 13 he lost his sight through and explosion of gunpowder. His father was a class leader in connection with the Primitive Methodists; but John, when 26 year old, left the Primitives and joined the Wesleyan Methodists, of which body he afterwards became a preacher. For some years he resided at Alderwasley, but in 1856 he returned to his native village, and in the pulpit beneath his monument he poured forth his exhortations in rough but soul-stirring eloquence."

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