Bank Chapel

The Bank Chapel was the very first Wesleyan Chapel to be built on Mow Cop. An enthusiastic Methodist farmer and miller, Mr John Ford, built it in 1839 all apparently out of his own pocket.

On old maps of the area there is a mill just behind the chapel and given that farms in the 1800’s had a great number of workers, one can easily imagine the chapel having a reasonably sized congregation. The Chapel was also directly on the route of the coal tramway that came from Stonetrough colliery to Kent Green Wharf.

The first Minister to preach there was a Mr John Taylor from Harriseahead, he tells how he was terribly taxed as he tried to teach while Mr. Ford was pottering up and down lighting candles.

Apart from this there is very little recorded history with this chapel that I can find