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Methodist Revivalists

A small Connexion founded in 1819 by Robert Winfield (1772-1850). He was a PM itinerant who left the PMs and started a separate work beginning in Leicestershire and thereby divided the newly formed Loughborough PM Circuit. It soon consisted of 12 circuits, 4-5,000 members and 30 itinerant preachers, including some females. Its first conference took place in Northampton in 1821 and its last one in 1826 or 1827, when Winfield realised that it could not continue, as chapel debts were out of control and there was a dearth of experienced preachers. The societies dispersed among other branches of Methodism.

Sources

  • MNC Minutes, 1852, pp. 633-8
  • John Petty, History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origins to the Conference of 1860 (1860)p.66.
  • John Walford, Memoirs of the Life and Labours of the late Venerable Hugh Bourne (1855-57), vol. 2, p.55
  • C. C. Short, 'Robert Winfield and the Revivalists' Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, Vol. 53, Part 3.

Entry written by: JAD
Category: Denomination

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