|St Andrew Churchyard|
Also known as: Epworth, St Andrew Churchyard
Postal Code: DN9 1ES
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
St Andrew's Epworth is a C15 Perpendicular style Church developed from an earlier C13 church.There are traces of this earlier building and it could well be that there was a church here in Saxon times. It is best known for the fact that Samuel Wesley was Rector from 1695 to 1735 and his sons John and Charles were born and brought up in Epworth. It is therefore seen as the Birthplace of Methodism; the Wesley children were baptised in the font.
John Wesley assisted his father as curate in the 1720's and after Samuel's death he famously preached from his father's tomb which can be seen just outside the south door.
The Old Rectory where Samuel and Susanna Wesley brought up their family was rebuilt after a notorious fire in 1709 and was sold to the World Methodist Council in 1955. It is now a museum and heritage centre and is situated a short walk from St Andrew's Church
[text by Geoffrey Gillon]