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johnriley1uk’s latest blog : monday 27th may 1907

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Monday 27th May 1907

18 Aug 2020 12:19AM  
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I have a few old photographs that I have accumulated over the years. Some probably came from family as we have connections from Siam to Scotland to Wales to Ireland to the Potteries to Yorkshire….and beyond. So perhaps it’s not surprising to find in my collection this image, Primitive Methodist Centenary Meeting, Jubilee Chapel, Tunstall, May 27th, 1907. It’s a grand sepia image, measuring 11.5″ by 10″, and the chapel is full.
When I see a picture like this, all those faces, all those people who are no longer with us, it makes me pause for a moment and just wonder who they all were, what their ambitions were, who their descendants might be and how many people alive today would actually have some connection with someone in that packed chapel.
In terms of technique, clearly this is a large format and there is plenty of detail, but many faces are blurred so the shutter speed must have been quite slow. The photograph was shot by Mr T H Pemberton, and I shall be checking him out on the internet in due course to see if he was a local professional photographer. As for the Primitive Methodists, it was indeed their Centenary and by the looks of things at this time they were a thriving religious community, no doubt integral to the social structure of Tunstall.
And here they are, recorded for posterity and brought by me to the internet.

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