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Bethesda Methodist Chapel

This huge 19th century chapel was once the most popular place of worship in what was to become the city of Stoke on Trent, a federation of the six towns of the Potteries.

Hanley, Staffordshire

Opening times

The meeting house is usually left unlocked during daylight hours.


Albion Street

The building largely dates from an 1819 renovation of an original chapel of 1798, which accommodated 600 worshippers. Enlarged twice to meet the growing demand for seats, it eventually held 2000 people, many of them in a vast tiered oval gallery, making it one of the largest chapels outside London.

he stuccoed frontage on Albion Street, Italianate in style and with a grand classical portico, was added in 1859.

The chapel was closed to the public after many years of deterioration in the 20th century but was recently restored, thanks to the Historic Chapels Trust. The restored building has found a variety of uses from concerts to film shows and from weddings to conferences.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Historic Chapels Trust

Contact information

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