John Wesley

John Wesley: Founder of Methodism by John Vickers (Ladybird Books, 1977) 

Introduced by the Hay Castle Trust 


This book is from our Honesty Bookshop at Hay Castle. It is a beautiful Ladybird book on John Wesley. Wesley, born in 1703 helped found Methodism with his brother Charles and fellow cleric George Whitefield.


Interestingly the first Methodist martyr met his death at Hay on Wye – in 1740 William Seward, friend of the Wesleys, was injured by stones thrown at him as he preached and later died of his injuries. There is a memorial to him in Cusop Church. For more info have a look at here.

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John Vickers is retired as Head of Bognor Regis College, Department of Religious and Social Studies, in Bognor Regis, United Kingdom. He is an author, indexer, editor, and publisher. His books include: The Story of Canterbury Methodism; Thomas Coke: Apostle of Methodism; Methodism in a Cathedral City; The Journals of Dr. Thomas Coke; and in the children’s Ladybird series, John Wesley, founder of Methodism. He has been a member of the Methodist Archives and History committee and of the Wesley History Society Executive, and Archivist for the Southampton Methodist District in Great Britain.

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