Bethesda New Connexion Methodist Chapel, Hanley

Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire


Friends of Bethesda - bethesdahanley@hotmail.com

01782 856810


Opening Times

By appointment only.


Grade II* listed
Also nearby

Located in the city centre of Hanley, Stoke on Trent, near to the Cultural Quarter. Close by are the Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall and The Potteries Museum.

Photo credit: G Oxley
Photo credit: G Oxley

(Historic Chapels Trust)

One of the largest Non-conformist chapels outside London in nineteenth century, attracting huge congregations and seating up to 2,000 people. The present building dates from 1819.

Robert Scrivener, a local architect, created in 1859 a stucco-ed Italianate frontage with a portico. Behind is a vestibule with stairs to right and left leading up to the immense continuous oval-shaped gallery with tiers of seats.

The chapel retains original stained glass windows, memorials and a fine pulpit with twin flights of steps. Bethesda Methodist Chapel came to national attention in the 2003 BBC 2 TV 'Restoration' series and is now owned and being repaired by the Historic Chapels Trust, who will regenerate the chapel for community activities.