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Lycett, Sir Francis

Businessman and philanthropist, born in 1803 at Worcester. The glove-making firm of Dent & Allcroft prospered under his direction and he retired, a wealthy man, in 1867. A sheriff of London (1866), he was knighted in 1867. He stood unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Liberal candidate on three occasions. A member of the Islington society, he gave large sums to WM causes, particularly through the Metropolitan Chapel Building Fund. In 1870 he offered 50,000 for fifty new chapels. He was one of the founders of The Leys School, Cambridge and a trustee of Wesley\'s Chapel. He died in London on 29 October 1880. Lycett Memorial Church, Stepney (1883) was built in his memory.


'Sir Francis Lycett's munificent gift of a quarter of a million towards the erection of new chapels and for the establishment of the Metropolitan Chapel Fund... I read recently that it was aid, at an annual meeting in town, that the 'London Mission had saved Methodism in London'. I do not believe it. To a great extent it was saved by the generosity, wise statesmanship, and great earnestness of Sir Francis Lycett and his compeers, with the blessing of God, in the extension of our borders. The Thanksgiving Fund, and the Twentieth Century Million Guinea Fund, which came later, were wonderful in their contribution towards the great work.'

Charles H. Kelly, Memories (1910) p.176


  • G.J. Stevenson, Methodist Worthies (1884-1886), 4 pp.580-83

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