Primitive Methodism in the Otley Circuit (3)

Taken from “The Eventide Review of Primitive Methodism in the Otley Circuit” by James Myers, first published 1920.

Local Preachers – Family Relationship or Only Same Surname

BROWN               Thomas & Willie of Otley – father & son

CAWOOD            Glover & James of Otley – 2 brothers

CLIFFE                   William & Jabez of Esholt – 2 brothers

GRIMSHAW       William & John of Calverley – distant relations

HARDAKER         William & John of Yeadon – father & son

HOLLINGS           Benjamin of Guiseley, Richard of Otley, James of Calverley & Thomas of Esholt – distant relations

HOULDEN           John & Martin of Rawdon & William of Horsforth: 3 brothers

MOSELEY             Mark, Joshua & David of Guiseley & Yeadon: 3 brothers

MYERS                  Joseph & James of Guiseley, Thomas of Yeadon & Michael of Burley – distant relations

RAWNSLEY         William & Philip of Rodley – 2 brothers

SHEPHERD          Thomas of Guiseley & Thomas of Burley in Wharfedale – no relation

SMITH                  Thomas of Rodley & Silvester of Guisley – no relation

STANSFIELD        George & Benjamin of Rawdon & William of Horsforth: 3 brothers

WHITAKER          James & John of Horsforth, father & son & John of Rawdon no relation

WOOD                  Stephen of Otley, Robert of Askwith and Jonas of Menston – distant relations

Primitive Methodism in the Otley Circuit (2)

Taken from “The Eventide Review of Primitive Methodism in the Otley Circuit” by James Myers, first published 1920.

Heroic Local Preachers of Olden Times in Otley Circuit of Primitive Methodism from 1840 to 1918

Those with an asterisk to their names indicates they became Christian Ministers in Primitive Methodism or in some other denomination.

JamesBINNSWilliam HOULDEN SilvesterSMITH
SamuelBOOTHCharlesHUNTThomas SMITH

Primitive Methodism in the Otley Circuit (1)

Photographs of former stalwarts of the Primitive Methodist movement, taken from the The Eventide Review by James Myers, first published 1920.

James Myers (Guiseley)
Mrs Winterburn (left) First supervisor of Guisley Cradle Roll
Mrs Stewart (right) (Guiseley) Leader of Ladies Circle
William Perkins (Otley) Joseph Shadlock (Yeadon) Henry Coupland (Late of Yeadon)

Rawdon Benton Park Players 1950

A production of “Fresh Fields” by Ivor Novello given by the Players.

Standing at the back left to right were : ?   Jean Dodson   Fred Denison Nora Caygill
Seated left to right: Olive Robinson   Audrey Caygill   Cicely Molkin   ?   Frank Ellis       

From the Aireborough Historical Society collection

Rawdon Old Boys FC 1949/50

Football team, beaten 1-0 at Ilkley in a final against Ilkley British Legion.

Alan Exley has the ball at his feet, other players in no order were: Kirkbright, Jim Illingworth, Newton, Jones, Mann, Keighley, Timmings, Pritchard and Meneer.

From the Aireborough Historcal Society collection

Rawdon Greenhill Methodist Rose Queen 1952/53

Attendant on the left is Val Hoare, attendant on the right is Margaret Telford. The lady wearing glasses is Mrs Rawnsley?, far right is Mrs Blackburn “she lived at Daisy Hill in Cragg Wood and did much charity work locally with churches, Darby and Joan Clubs, Townswomen’s Guilds etc. Her husband was a successful local businessman”. From the Aireborough Historical Society collection

A Brief History of the Society of Friends & the Rawdon Meeting

by Brian Clayton

George Fox (1624-1691) is credited with founding the Society of Friends c.1651/2. Born July 1624 at Fenny Drayton, Leicestershire, the son of Christopher FOX & Mary, née LAGO, he was brought up in a Christian family. His father, a weaver, held the office of churchwarden. George as a youth, was apprenticed as a shoemaker.  At an early age he was moved towards a deeper concern about religion and, as a young man, he was involved with the separatists. Later, in Mansfield, he became leader of the Nottinghamshire “Children of Light” movement. After serving in prison in Derby 1650-1651 for his dissenting views, George went on a religious mission throughout the north. He preached in the Pendle area of Lancashire, throughout Wensleydale and the districts of Sedburgh and Dent. So rapidly did the views of this leader of men spread that within a short time he had gathered many Ministers (50-60) to go forth and spread his word.  It is possible that one of these brought the faith to the Rawdon area but there is no record of a personal visit by George Fox to  Rawdon. 

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