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From: "Alison Dellar" <>
Subject: Re: Re: [CHS] John Hope of Mosseley Hall, Congleton
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 22:31:30 -0000
Found this on a website relating to a walking club in Cheshire/Staffs - may
be a grid reference for your Mossley Hall !
This will start near Mossley Hall (880615) after a visit to Congleton. If
the weather is good we shall take the same very gentle route as the 'A' and
'B' parties to the top of The Cloud, and then divert to look at the river
and canal system in square 9065, before proceeding to the Harrington Arms.
If the weather is poor the route may be mainly along the canal.
Distance: 6½ miles
Leaders: Phil Morgan and Ken Lamb
I have subscribed to your Odd Rode mailing list as I have ancestors in
Astbury, Odd Rode and Scholar Green.
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Sent: 21 January 2003 7:27 PM
Subject: Fwd: Re: [CHS] John Hope of Mosseley Hall, Congleton
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> >At 19:09 21/01/2003 +0000, Susan Pemberton wrote:
> >>Hi David,
> >>Mossley is just outside Congleton almost on the border if Cheshire and
> >>Staffordshire. The Church there is Holy Trinity and was used mainly by=
> >>people from Congleton Edge, Timbersbrook and Daneinshaw.
> >>I havent heard of a Mossley Hall, the nearest one to there I would say
> >>Biddulph Grange Hall which is, of course in Staffordshire.
> >>Hope this helps,
> >>Susan Pemberton.
> >Hi Susan
> >Thanks...but I know the above...which makes it more confusing :-)
> >Apologies for the long post.........the question I suppose is the
> >Hall in the will, the one and same in Congleton mentioned below?
> >David Ford
> > From Thomas Cooper's will dated shortly before his death in 1904...
> >THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
> >of me THOMAS COOPER of Mossley House Congleton in the county of
> >Gentleman I desire to be buried in Mossley Churchyard where my dear
> >Jane is buried and I direct all my just debts to be paid out of my
> >and personal estate with the payment thereof I charge the same and
> >thereto I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate=20
> >(except' what I have disposed of by settlement bearing even date
> >unto my son Francis Meredith and my cousin John Hope of Mossley Hall
> >their heirs executors administrators and assigns upon trust to sell
> >realize the same in such way as they may think fit and divide the
> >thereof as follows to invest on good security for my five elder
> >Fanny Gothen Ford, Susette Hope Cooper, Ada King Daniel, Margaret=20
> >Swinnerton Cooper and Annie Parker Cooper the sum of Seven hundred
> >which is about the sum I received from their mothers grandfathers
> >...etc etc
> >In 1845 the Ecclesiastical Parish of Mossley was formed. Before then
> >had been part of the Parish of Astbury. James Brindley, a local
> >who resided at Mossley Hall and was a priest in Anglican orders,
> >and endowed the new parish church and became the first vicar of the=20
> >parish. He also considered it to be essential that there should be a=20
> >church school so, in that same year, Mossley Church of England School
> >built. This was 25 years before education for all children was
> >into this country by the Education Act of 1870. The link between the=20
> >church and school has always been close.
> >Holy Trinity was the second "new church" built in the Congleton area
> >the mid 19th Century. It is also a daughter church of St. Mary`s Astbury.
> > The foundation stone was laid in 1844 by the High Steward of
> > - Randle Wilbraham of Rode Hall, the building completed in 1845 and=20
> > consecrated on 23rd October,1845. The Church was built on land and
> > the help of =A3500, both bequeathed by Mr James Brierley of Mossley
> > who died in 1842. Mr Brierley also left =A3100 to go towards the
> > of Mossley Church School in Leek Road, which was completed in 1846.
> > other claim to fame, -- born in 1766, he was the magistrate who
> > the order which gave rise to the Peterloo Massacre. The original
> > was in a Norman style of architecture and had seating for 366 people=20
> > There is a gallery at the West end and a carved stone pulpit at the
> > end of the nave. The first incumbent was the Revd James Brierley,
> > of the aforementioned benefactor, and from whom he inherited Mossley=20
> > Hall. He served from 1845 to 1870, and resigned on becoming a
> > He helped with the building of the Unitarian chapel in Cross Street.=20
> > During his incumbency he drove around the parish in a gig drawn by a=20
> > white pony. He also financed the building, in 1859, of the West end
> > at a cost of =A3100. An organ was installed in 1882 and remains today=20
> > albeit after some alterations and improvements, notably the electric=20
> > blower installed in 1943 financed by the then organist, Miss Elsie
> > In 1888 the stained glass East window was given by Mr Alfred Meakin,=20
> > pottery manufacturer, of Tunstall, Staffordshire, who lived at
> > Hall in the parish, now a housing development. The choir stalls in
> > chancel were made and installed in 1898. The vestry and organ
> > were added to the South side of the church in 1913/14 (see the stone=20
> > dated 1914 by the vestry door). The Centenary was celebrated in 1945
> > saw great changes in the general d=E9cor and to the sanctuary area.
> > blue and real gold leaf is still on the East wall. More carving round
> > altar and modernizing of the tops of the choir stalls by Mr. Sam=20
> > Frodsham, a well known wood carver The Centenary is well reported in
> > Congleton Chronicle issue dated 2nd November, 1945. In 1954 the altar
> > converted to an English altar with the riddle posts and reredos
> > Only 2 angels could be afforded at the time, the second pair being=20
> > installed in 1970,again carved by Mr Sam Frodsham.. He was assisted by
> > local resident joiner, Stanley Bailey The Village Hall was built in
> > on land donated by Mr Clyde Chappell of Mossley House. The finance
> > the building was provided by holding "May Fares" over the previous
> > years in the grounds of Mossley House.
> >** Mr Clyde Chappell purchased Mossley House after the death of Thomas=20
> >Cooper in 1904. His granddaughter still resides there.
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