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Epworth, Kilham Memorial Methodist Chapel
Epworth, Kilham Memorial Methodist Chapel
Epworth, Kilham Memorial Methodist Chapel

Alexander Kilham (1762-1798) was born in Epworth, son of a linen weaver, and achieved fame as founder of the Methodist New Connexion.

This branch of the church joined others to form the United Methodist Church in 1907 which in turn became part of the one Methodist Church in 1932.

This chapel in High Street, opposite the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, was built as a memorial to Kilham in 1860. It was converted for use as Epworth's Youth Centre in 1944.

The building is Grade II listed.

October 2016

 

Epworth, Kilham Methodist Chapel, Alexander Kilham, Epworth Youth Centre
Epworth, Market Cross
Epworth, Market Cross
Epworth, Market Cross

The Market Cross stands in the Market Place in front of the Mechanics Institute building, part of which is seen here in the extreme right foreground.

John Wesley preached from this spot on more than one occasion. (Presumably it is a Methodist minister who is posing in this photo.

postcard published by Barnes & Breeze of Epworth, 1920s

Epworth, market cross
Epworth, Old School
Epworth, Old School
Epworth, Old School

The National School on Battle Green was built 1876 and enlarged in 1912 to hold 300 pupils.

It is now a pub/restaurant ‘The Old School Inn’.

September 2010

Epworth, National School
Epworth, Old School
Epworth, Old School
Epworth, Old School

The inscription on the wall of the former National School, now The Old School Inn.

September 2010

Epworth,
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

Much of St Andrew's is Perpendicular, but the chancel is Decorated and the arcades Early English.

On the S side of the chancel is the box grave of Samuel Wesley, who was rector here for 39 years until his death in 1735.

Here, his son John Wesley, on a visit to his birthplace in 1742, stood on his father's grave to preach to the townspeople.

Ken Redmore, 2010

 

Epworth, Wesley, Perpendicular, Decorated, Early english,
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

The north and south aisles of the church and the tower are from the Perpendicular period.

Embattled chapels embrace the tower.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

The chancel (in the foreground) has three-light windows with reticulated tracery of the Decorated period.

By contrast the adjacent south aisle is Perpendicular in style.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

The chancel was built in the Decorated period, i.e. early fourteenth century.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

The tower of St Andrew's church has an ashlar face.

Heavy brick buttresses either side of the south porch have been necessary to stabilise the building.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

St Andrew's at Epworth stands on high ground overlooking the town centre from the north.

The west tower is ashlar faced and built in Perpendicular style.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew

The north side of St Andrew's with Perpendicular embattlement.

The north porch has a subcusped entrance arch dating from c.1300.

October 2016

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Epworth, St Andrew
Epworth, St Andrew, capital
Epworth, St Andrew, capital
Epworth, St Andrew, capital

The south arcade has octagonal piers and double chamfered arches.

October 2016

Epworth, St Andrew, capital
Epworth, St Andrew, font
Epworth, St Andrew, font
Epworth, St Andrew, font

The font in St Andrew's is from the Decorated period. It is a plain octagonal bowl with panelled sides.

October 2016

Epworth, St Andrew, font
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque

A crudely carved - and heavily weathered - grotesque by the north porch entrance.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, grotesque

A crudely carved - and heavily weathered - grotesque by the north porch entrance.

August 2015

Epworth, St Andrew church, grotesque
Epworth, St Andrew, Samuel Wesley's tomb
Epworth, St Andrew, Samuel Wesley's tomb
Epworth, St Andrew, Samuel Wesley's tomb

The tomb of Samuel Wesley, John Wesley's father and former rector of Epworth, is in the churchyard close to the sough-east corner of the nave.

John famously stood on the grave to preach when he was refused permission to hold his service inside St Andrew's.

postcard by Bramley of Leeds, undated

Epworth, St Andrew church, Samuel Wesley tomb, Bramley Leeds
Epworth, The Old Rectory
Epworth, The Old Rectory
Epworth, The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory is John and Charles Wesley's home. It was built in 1709 after the previous building was destroyed by fire.

postcard published by Barnes & Breeze of Epworth, undated

Epworth, Old Rectory, Barnes & Breeze
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

The Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Epworth was opened in 1889.

It is a Grade II listed building.

Postcard, 1933

Epworth, Wesley Memorial Chapel Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

This impressive building was built in 1889 by Charles Bell* on a spacious site along with school rooms, a manse and a caretaker's house.

This is the north front and main entrance to the church.

October 2016

* Charles Bell ARIBA (1846-1899) was born and educated in Grantham. His architectural practice was in London and he built more than 60 Methodist chapels.

Epworth, Wesley Methodist Memorial Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

This view from the north-east shows the church, school room (background) and manse (foreground, left) built in 1889.

postcard published by Barnes & Breeze of Epworth, undated

Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, Barnes & Breeze
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, interior
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, interior
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, interior

View of the communion area and the window commemorating the Wesley brothers.

postcard published by Barnes & Breeze of Epworth, undated

Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Chapel Church
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, plaque
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, plaque
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, plaque

This plaque commemorating the building of the church is in the main vestibule. Stones with names of individuals line the vestibule.

October 2016

Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Chapel, foundation memorial stone
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, window
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, window
Epworth, Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, window

This stained glass window is in the south wall above the communion area.

It depicts Jesus and his disciples. In the roundel above the main light are the heads of John and Charles Wesley with the well known words of John: "The best of all, God is with us".

October 2016

Epworth, Weelsey Memorial Methodist Church, window stained glass