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Descendants of Robert Dodgson

The Methodists of Paythorne

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Paythorne What's in a Name?


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Introduction | Church Council Membership 1979-80 | The Methodists of Paythorne and Paythorne What's in a Name? | Travelling Preachers | John Wesley in Paythorne? and Legal Documents | The Skipton and Clitheroe Circuits and The New Chapel | Sunday School Reminiscences and Village Decline | Clitheroe Circuit and Rise and Fall | George Hargreaves and Success at Last | Misleading Statistics! and High Water and Centenary Celebrations | 50 More Years | And the Future... and References |


And the Future...

As has already been mentioned, I came into the work at Paythorne largely by accident almost 40 years ago. I have been very happy and grateful for being able to serve the people of Paythorne over the years but in reality I wish it had not been necessary! I say this not from any sense of conflict with Paythorne  far from it  but it has always been my one wish that the society should be self-sufficient and even become a support to other parts of the circuit as it has sometimes been at times in the past  at least spiritually and in service if not financially. The work at Paythorne has been very much a team effort and if we have managed to develop a lively society, so infinitely more active than 40 years ago, as I believe we have done, then all the effort by so many people has been worthwhile.

There are, I believe, great possibilities for the development of the support recently begun by the larger churches of the circuit in visiting the smaller places on a regular basis  I do believe that it is very important that the smaller societies, however lively they may be, are kept constantly in close touch with the rest of the circuit. Changes can happen very quickly in a small church where the loss of just a few families can remove a large proportion of the society. It is important at such a time, that help is immediately available before the society loses heart. It is so easy to close a chapel for short term gains and yet lose a power-base for the future  a base that can be almost impossible to re­establish once lost.

In his foreword Rev. Ward Jones asks how far the influence of Paythorne has spread. We can never know, although the movements of population in the l9th century certainly took Paythorne people to many remote parts of the world. Wherever people live, I wonder if the answer to Mr. Jones' question will always return to the level of personal experience expressed for me so clearly in George Parsons' introduction to the centenary booklet in 1930:

The work at Paythorne has often been discouraging, but it has been tremendously worthwhile. The labour of God's people has not been in vain, because it has been done in the Lord and in the power of His Spirit. The services of the little chapel have exercised a refining and saving power on many lives during the century that has gone. Now, with the undying flame of the love of Christ in our hearts, we may greet the new century with hope and confidence and say "The best is yet to bell.

It is 50 years since those words were written, the 'Century' is now a 'Century and a half' and I pray "The best is yet to bell.

William R. Hanson West Bradford


1. A Short History of Paythorne Methodism, 1830-1930, by George Hargreaves.

9. Documents in the care of Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Hanson, West Bradford.

a. Account Book of Paythorn Wesleyan Methodist Chapel 1829 - 1849.

b. Trustees Accounts & Minute Book, 1902 - 1954.

c. Paythorne Sunday School Registers 1908 - 1934 and 1949 - 58.

d. Class Register of James Thompson, Halton West, 1851 - 1859.

3. Census of Population Returns, 1801 - 1891. Registrar General.

4. Census of Places of Worship 1851 (Public Record Office, London).

5. Clitheroe Circuit Bazaar Booklet 1928, by Mrs.D.S. and Mrs.J.H. Fairweather.

6. Clitheroe Advertiser & Times a. 9th July 1909 b. 25th April 1930

 c. 21st March 1930 d. 28th May 1909 e. 21st May 1909

7. Paythorne Wesleyan Methodist Trust Deeds (Clitheroe Circuit Safe).

8. An Alphabetical Arrangement of all Wesleyan Methodist Ministers and Preachers on Trial (Hills Arrangement) 1819.

9. Obituary of Rev. George Parsons, Minutes of Conference 1974.

10. The Methodists of Whalley, by Eric Kenyon, 1977.

11. Methodism in Rossendale, by Rev. William Jessop, 1880.

12. William Grimshaw 1708 - 1763, by Frank Baker.

13. Early Methodist People, by Leslie F. Church, 1948.

14. John Wesley's Journals, edited and with notes by Nehemiah Curnock. l909 - 16.

15. Village Methodism Does it Pay? by Richard Harrison, 1886. (Blackburn Library).

16. Mr. Wesley's Preachers, 1739 - 1818, by Kenneth Garlick 1975.

17. Research Library, National Railway Museum, York.

18. Stewards Accounts for Haworth Round, 1748 to 1763 (Keighley Library).

19. Visitation Return for York Diocese, 1764 ( Borthwick Institute,York).

20. An Account of Benjamin Ingham and his Work by William Batty (Rylands Library, Manchester. English Manuscript 1062).

21. Skipton Wesleyan Circuit Registers (Public Record Office, London).

22. Methodist Heroes of the Great Haworth Round, by J.W.Laycock, 1909.

23. Clitheroe Circuit Preaching Plans (Methodist Archives, Manchester, and Clitheroe Circuit Safe).

24. Portrait of Yorkshire, by Harry J. Scott, 1965.

25. Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1829.

26. Minutes of Marsden, Gisburn and Long Preston Turnpike Trust (West Yorkshire Record Office, Wakefield).

27. Registration records for dissenters meeting places

a) Diocese Faculty Books and Reg.Forms (Borthwick Institute, York)

b) Order Books of Quarter Sessions (West Yorkshire Rec.Off. Wakefield)

c) York Diocese Records (in Public Record Office, London only).

28. Skipton Circuit Preaching Plans (Methodist Archives, Manchester, and Craven Museum, Skipton).

29. William Grimshaw's diaries, 1755-37, in Wesley Hist.Soc.Proceedings XXIV.