John Wesley’s pulpit in Hockley Chapel

John Wesley’s pulpit in Hockley Chapel

IT was from this pulpit that Mr. Wesley preached his last sermon in Nottingham in 1788.

After the first estabishment of Methodism in Nottingham, the Methodists built the Octagon Chapel, situated where the Victoria Station now is.

In 1782 they sold that to the general Baptists, and removed to Hockley Chapel, which was opened in 1783 by Dr. Cook and Mr. Wesley.

It is rather interesting to find that Dr. Cook read the ordinary form of Matins and Evensong at the opening of this chapel, and that both he and Mr. Wesley, who preached upon both occasions, wore the ordinary robes of the Church of England clergy of their day.

Hockley Chapel is noticeable also for being the burial-place of a certain George Wright, who died in 1806, and whose gruesome tastes are advertised by the fact that for years before his death he kept his coffin on view in his house.

He used it as a sort of cupboard, and decorated it with a nameplate saying: " George Wright, who died when God pleased."