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Mow Cop

(National Trust Property)

Mow Cop (with Mow pronounced to rhyme with 'cow') is a rocky hill nearly 1,100' high, straddling the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire, with a mock ruined castle on top.

The castle was built in 1754 as a summerhouse to indicate the extent of the estate and enhance the views from Rode Hall, 3 miles away in Cheshire.

Mow Cop became a place of religious significance in 1807 when a group of revivalists led by local wheelwright, Hugh Bourne, staged England 's first 'camp meeting' there.

Based on a phenomenally successful American style of revivalism, camp meetings were regarded by some as potentially revolutionary and 'highly improper' with 'ranter' preachers and exuberant prayer.

The controversy they generated was the major factor in the formation of the Primitive Methodist Connexion. There is a rock 'pulpit' monument commemorating the Primitive Methodist heritage of the site.

Worship service
An open-air 'camp meeting' service is held annually on the last Sunday in May.

Also nearby
From the top of the hill visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Englesea Brook Museum of Primitive Methodism and the grave of Hugh Bourne.


Mow Cop
Stoke on Trent ST7 3ND

(National Trust property)

Getting there [SJ855573]
North of Stoke on Trent , close to A34.

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