This stoneware money pot has an interesting history. It originates in Wednesbury, a town in the West Midlands, where John Wesley visited and preached a number of times.
In 1743 Wesley ran into trouble here, facing riots from local people. However, the local innkeeper, William Griffiths, owner of the Lamp Tavern, hid Wesley by covering him with hay in his hay loft. Griffiths and Wesley struck up a friendly relationship, and Wesley apparently borrowed and used this money pot to collect money whilst in the town.
The pot continued in use in the Lamp Tavern for many decades, and later was passed through the Griffiths family as a reminder of the encounter with John Wesley.