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The Wesley Trail

Some of the tour’s sights.

JOHN WESLEY

wesley room christ church

wesley memorial church

Bishop Asbury Cottage

the new room

Gwennap Pit

CORNWALL

Gather other like-minded travellers and discover the birthplace, the sources of inspiration, the preaching places, and of Methodist founder John and Charles Wesley. This is a sample itinerary only and can be adapted to suit your groups needs with services as appropriate. Additional ideas could be  to include the origins of Primitive Methodism, or to operate in conjunction with a specific anniversary or conference. Contact us for more details.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Oxford & Stratford

Depart Heathrow airport and depart for the historic town of Oxford. Visit Christ Church College where John and Charles Wesley were undergraduates, as well as Lincoln College where John Wesley presided over the Holy Club. See the John Wesley Memorial Room, and the College Chapel. Continue onto Oxford Castle which is at the site of the prison where the Wesley brothers visited convicts.

Overnight Stratford

 

Day 2 – Lincoln & Epworth

Drive to Lincoln for a tour of the Cathedral before continuing onto Epworth where the tale of Methodism began. It was here that John and Charles Wesley were born. Visit the Old Rectory which was the Wesley family home from 1709 until 1735, and is now a museum. See the parish church of St Andrews where Samuel Wesley was rector from 1696 until 1735. The final visit is the Wesley Memorial Church, which was built as a permanent memorial to the family in 1889. Overnight Epworth

 

Day 3 – Sheffield & Heptonstall

Drive west to Sheffield which John Wesley visited over forty times. Walk through Paradise Square, and then onto Sheffield Cathedral where a stained glass window in the Chapter House depicts John Wesley preaching in the square. From Sheffield proceed onto the town of Halifax to Mount Zion Methodist Church. The church is wonderful example of the early nineteenth-century rural methodist chapels where Wesley stayed and preached. Onto Heptonstall Moor, stopping at the Octagonal Chapel built in 1764 and visit Red House in Gomersal. Built in 1660, the house was regularly visited by John Wesley. In the late afternoon continue onto Manchester. Overnight Manchester

 

Day 4 – Potteries & Black Country

Drive south from Manchester to Crewe and visit the Museum of Primitive Methodism which outlines the division that emerged in Methodism after the death of John Wesley. From Crewe, cross into Shropshire to St Michael’s Church, Madeley. This church was built by Thomas Telford, and contains the tombs of John and Mary Fletcher. Continue into the the Black Country. Methodism became very strong in this area, but only after some early challenges. Mobs abused Methodists, ransacked their homes, and even John Wesley was captured and dragged through the streets. In the Wednesbury Central Methodist Church there are artifacts connected with the riots.

 

Visit Bishop Asbury Cottage, the childhood home of the founding father of American Methodism, Francis Asbury. This living museum recreates life in the area at the end of the nineteenth-century, and of particular interest to you will be the Methodist New Connexion Chapel which was moved to the site from nearby Netherton. Continue to Bristol. Overnight Bristol

 

Day 5 – Bristol

Full day of sightseeing in the historic town of Bristol. Visit John Wesley’s chapel (the New Room), the oldest place of Methodist worship. Here you will see a museum collection and furnished rooms where the preachers lived and worked. Following this you will tour the house on Charles Street where the family of Charles Wesley lived for a number of years. At nearby Hanham Mount there is a replica of the wooden pulpit from which Wesley preached in the open air. In 1784 from the small town of Pill close to Bristol, three men ordained by Wesley set sail for America to lead the Methodist church there and this action marked the final separation of the Anglican and Methodist churches in the United States.

Overnight Bristol

 

Day 6 – Cornwall

Leave Bristol and trace the footsteps of Wesley into the south western corner of England. Stop at Trewint Cottage near Launceston, the former home of Digory and Elizabeth Isbell, where John Wesley often stayed on his visits to Cornwall. Indeed Digory built two extra rooms onto his cottage for the use of John Wesley and his preachers. Proceeding further into Cornwall, you will arrive at your overnight destination of Truro. Overnight Truro

 

Day 7 – Cornwall & Salisbury

Visit Gwennap Pit in Redruth, one of Wesley’s best known open air preaching places. He delivered 18 sermons from what he called “my amphitheatre”. Leaving Redruth stop at Plymouth, from where the Pilgrim Fathers sailed in 1620. See the Mayflower Steps from which they began their epic voyage. Continue on through Exeter, and onto Salisbury. Overnight Salisbury

 

Day 8 – Salisbury & London

Short sightseeing tour of Salisbury including the Methodist Chapel, Bishop Asbury’s church before leaving for America in 1771. From Salisbury proceed directly to London. Afternoon tour of the city’s principal Methodist sites. You will visit the Wesley Chapel which was his London headquarters for 40 years and site of his tomb. Also visit his home and Bunhill Fields featuring the grave of John’s mother Susanna. The tour will also pass the Museum of London which stands on the site of the Aldersgate Society where John felt his heart “strangely warmed" on May 24th, 1738. Overnight London

 

Day 9 – Departure

Departure airport transfer.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

This is a sample itinerary

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