Some sources of information about the Church’s history and its people that have been locally produced over several years are recorded here for general interest.

A biography of John Higgs, Mary Cullern, Robert Walker and John Wesley Walker by Peter Hardiment

The life of Rev’d Arthur Male, friend of the Portreys and minister at High Street 1897 – 1900

Information on the church memorials

Identification of the graves situated around the High Street Church

A comprehensive summary of the development of Methodism in Maidenhead. (From the Thames Valley Circuit website)

The High Street Methodist Church, Maidenhead contribution to the Wesleyan Methodist Church Million Guinnea Fund

The Portreys of Maidenhead

Union of the Methodist Churches of Queen Street & High Street 9th October 1955

 


The Millennium Wall Hanging

The idea for a Wallhanging started about Easter 1997 when Gill Watten, a Church member, was inspired by the story of a Peace Quilt then running on “The Archers”. Her desire was that all groups within the church at High Street would work on the project together. As the end of the Millennium was approaching, it was decided that we would make a Millennium Wallhanging depicting our hopes and fears for the next thousand years. The theme of “The Rainbow” was chosen, representing God’s covenant and hope. The rainbow colours form the background to all the designs. Ideas were gathered from all the groups , but then, tragically, Gill was taken seriously ill and she died in 1998. The project might have died with her but for the discovery of a verse from Isaiah 46:11 “What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do”. This verse was the inspiration to continue. The Wallhanging was dedicated to Gill Watten’s memory in the High Street Methodist Church on 2nd January 2000. It is now on permanent display in the Wesley Hall.

Learn more about each of the squares that make up the Millennium Wall Hanging

 


List of Wesleyan Methodist Ministers and biographies of Ministers associated with the High Street Church, Maidenhead

1857 – 1860

Samuel Young

1858

Church Opening

1860 – 1864

Thomas Jefferies

1864 – 1867

John Clapham Greaves

1867 – 68

Henry M Ratcliffe

1868 – 69

Alfred Henry Vine

1869 – 71

Samuel Turner House

1871 – 72

Thomas Bealey Jefferies

1872 – 73

William Reynolds

1873 – 75

William Martin

1875 – 77

Joseph Willis Britton

1877 – 78

John Hayhurst Wilkinson

1878 – 79

William Sharpley

1879 -82

William Thompson

1882 – 85

John Sleep Hicks

1885 – 88

John Charles Trafford

1888 – 91

Thomas Jackson

1891 – 94

John Bartley

1894 – 97

Harry Hopkinson

1897 – 1900

Arthur Hodson Male
Full Biography

1900 – 03

James Arthur Aldington

1903 – 06

William Thomas Gill

1906 – 09

Stephen Burrow

1909 – 12

George Heslop Pickering

1912 – 1915

George Dobson Mason

1915 – 19

Arthur Markham

1919 – 22

George William Olver

1922 – 25

Charles Edward Dove

1925 – 28

William Henry Gibbs

1928 – 31

William Howarth

1931 – 32

Thomas Henry Caddy

1932 – 37

Harold Moulding Yates

1935 – 39

George Stuart Cann

1939 – 45

George Eric Mees

1945 – 48

Geoffrey W Collinson

1948 – 1953

E Oliver Sutton

1953 – 1958

Edwin Harold Hardy

1958 – 1963

Ralph Kirby

Pen pictures of Ministers who have been appointed to – or associated with – the Maidenhead High Street Church. This is “work in progress” as information is gathered largely from British Library Newspaper archives.

 


List of Primitive Methodist Ministers and biographies of Ministers associated with Queen Street Methodist Church, Maidenhead

1846 – 1847

W Soames
(No information)

1846 – 1848

Edmund Rawlings

1847 – 1849

Samuel Hipperson
(No information)

1848 – 1849

W Wiltshire
(no information)

1849 – 50

William Brewer

1850 – 51

Charles Briggs

1850 – 51

I Humphreys
(no information)

1851 – 53

Charles Robbins

1851 – 53

William Williams

1853 – 54

Samuel Wilshaw

1853 – 54

Daniel Mossop

1854 – 56

Robert W Monkman

1854 – 56

Richard Killingray
(no information)

1856 – 57

David Kent

1856 -59

John Fuller

1859 – 62

Denis Kendall

1861 – 62

John H J Beckhurst

1862 – 64

Thomas Filton
(No information)

1862 – 64

Leonard Mainprize

1864 – 1865

Stephen Pearce
(No information)

1864 – 68

John Fuller

1865 – 66

Elijah Jackson

1866 – 68

Henry Roe

1868 – 70

James Hurd

1868 – 1871

Samuel Dobson

1870 – 72

Robert H Horrocks

1871 – 72

Josiah Turley

1872 – 73

Michael Laycock

1872 – 76

George Smith

1873 – 75

Charles Spooner

1875 – 76

James McKinney

1876 – 77

Samuel Mincher

1876 – 78

William Sidebottom

1877 – 78

Charles S Dunham

1878 – 79

Thomas Brown
(No information)

1878 – 80

John Strong

1880 – 85

William Alton

1880 – 85

George Doe

1881 – 82

Robert Taylor

1885 – 89

James Lee

1889 – 92

Robert Andrews

1892 – 94

John Guy

1894 – 97

Alfred Ives

1897 – 1900

George Normandale

1900 – 03

William Martin

1903 – 06

John H Packham

1906 – 07

Joseph Jamieson

1907 – 12

John C Wenn

1912 – 15

William Shaw

1915 – 17

George Ellis

1917 – 18

George Stanyer

1918 – 22

Ralph H Gent

1922 – 23

Mr R W Johnson
(No information)

1923 – 25

Daniel Dunn

1926 – 28

William H Wright

1928 – 30

William S Leach

1930 – 37

William Green Spencer

1937 – 1944

Ernest William Harvey

1944 – 1946

George Tucker

 

Pen pictures of Primitive Methodist Ministers who have been associated with Maidenhead.

Information has been gathered from “Google” searches, from the on-line British Newspaper Archive and from the Methodist “My Methodist History” website

The pen portraits are far from complete but give some flavour to Minister’s lives and achievements.

Corrections and additional information will always be welcomed.