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Century-old tea pot brews up interest in church links

Rare find: The century old tea pot discovered by Andrew Atkinson

Rare find: The century old tea pot discovered by Andrew Atkinson

An history enthusiast who discovered a century-old teapot at the bargain price of £1 is hoping to trace some links to its past.

Antiques collector Andrew Atkinson purchased the 117-year-old tea pot at Preston Antiques Centre.

Now he wants to trace the ancestors of the Hogg family - whom the tea pot was presented to in 1897.

Andrew, 56, said: “The tea pot is dated 1897, and I believe it to be of significant interest to the Wesleyan Church.

“There is an inscription that reads: Presented to Mr & Mrs Hogg by the Members of Lune St Wesleyan Church Choir as a token of respect and esteem, July 5 1897.”

Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston was founded in 1817.

Rev Sue Griffiths from the chuch has been informed of the tea pot find.

Maureen Abson, chairman of Resources, said: “It sounds like an interesting piece. It is the church’s Bi-centenary in 2017, so it would certainly make an interesting part of a display about the history of the church.”

The Preston Chronicle in 1869 reported the foundation stone of St Mary’s Street Wesleyan Methodist Church, Preston, was laid on Good Friday, 1866. The Wesleyan Methodist Church, Marsh Lane, Preston, was founded in 1873. And The Mission School Chapel, Edward Street, Preston, Wesleyan Methodist, was founded in 1890.

Born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, John Wesley died March 2 1791, aged 81, less than a year after what was to be his last sermon in Preston.

If you know any descendants of the Hogg family linked to the Wesleyan Church Choir Andrew would like to return the tea pot to them.

Contact him via email at lancashiremedia@talktalk.net

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