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Primitive Methodist Church

Formed in 1811 by the amalgamation of the Camp Meeting Methodists, led by [[Hugh Bourne]],* and the Clowesites, followers of [[William Clowes]].* These groups in turn derived from a revivalist movement which also produced the Independent Methodists in 1806. Bourne, a Staffordshire millwright, was impressed by the camp meetings* introduced into England by the revivalist preacher Lorenzo Dow, who had found them to be a great success in America and Canada. Bourne planned to hold such a gathering at Norton-on-Moors in 1807. In preparation for it members of the Harriseahead class meeting arranged for a “day’s praying on Mow Cop”—a nearby promontory. This was where Primitive Methodism was born, although to call it a camp meeting is something of a misnomer.