Liverpool, Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church

Three of my second cousins once removed got married at Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church, Liverpool in August & December 1910 & September 1914. My researches show the Church was in Moss Street but no longer stands. On-line I have found a print of an 1829 engraving of the Church but I would like a copy of a more contemporaneous photograph, if one exists. Can anybody help?
I have attached a photograph of the September 1914 wedding which shows a clergyman who I presume was the incumbent minister and conducted the service. Can anybody name him for me?
There are actually two clergymen in the photograph but the other one is in my mufti and is seated on the extreme right – he is the Rev John Redhead, my great-grandfather, who was a Primitive Methodist Minister. My connection to the bridegroom, James Litster Farrow, goes through his wife, the lady sitting next to him and my great-grandmother who started out life as Mary Ann Farrow.

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  • re your post about the minister in your wedding photograph. He is Rev George A Parkinson, who was the minister at Brunswick between 1909 and 1912. He later worked for NCH (now Action for Children) as a travelling ‘ambassador’, wrote a column for children in the Methodist Recorder from 1920 to 1934, and published a number of books, including a brief history of Methodism. He retired in 1945, and died in 1956 – and was (incidentally) my grandfather!

    By Anthony Parkinson (27/03/2023)
  • Hi ,I have acquired an old book that was
    Gifted to a Gladys Johnson by the Netherfield Road Wesleyan Mission, Liverpool but I cannot find any history of this church. The book is in used condition.
    If anyone would like this book for research
    Could you email me (via
    I think it could be a first edition

    By Ronald harrison (19/02/2023)
  • I have just been looking into this chapel because of finding an ancestor who lived just behind it in a road called Croft Street that used to exist.
    Croft Street no longer exists as far as I can tell but can actually be seen on an old map at this address –
    Croft Street was just off Epworth Street which the Moss Street chapel backed onto. The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel can also be seen marked on that map. I wonder if my ancestor could have become Methodist because of this chapel, but I have no idea.
    There is actually a photo of the chapel at ( in addition to a drawing. There is no date on the photo but it looks quite old.
    According to this page ( the chapel was founded before 1807 and finally demolished in 1964.
    My ancestor was married in 1844 (St Brides, Toxteth), then was listed in the census at Croft Street in 1861. He was then mentioned in a book about Methodism as someone active in Liverpool at the time. So maybe he converted to Methodism at some point, but I am not sure. I think he died in 1875 (born in 1809 in Whitehaven).

    By Brian B (31/01/2023)
  • Further to my previous comment, I found a location of the Sunday School on the corner of Erskine St and Low Hill. It is mentioned in a document on Google books.

    By Tony Whittaker (04/04/2022)
  • I noticed a photo of Brunswick Wesleyan Sunday School on eBay. I can’t see a building with a similar footprint on the map anywhere near Moss St. If you’d like the photo, I can send it to you.

    By Tony Whittaker (01/04/2022)
  • Hi,
    I do not have any pictures of this church but can hopefully help shed some light on the history of the building. I am currently researching buildings in Liverpool that were bombed during WW2. A large volume of the rubble from these bombings ended up deposited on Crosby Beach, Liverpool and I believe this is what happened here as I have found gravestones at the beach which were from this church. If you want more info feel free to message me on twitter, my account is @archaeobeach.

    By Emma (08/05/2019)

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