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Epworth, Lincolnshire, is located on the 'Isle of Axholme': higher ground in a landscape of canals and dykes, in keeping with the Dutch style of the town's post- office building.

The Reverend Samuel Wesley became Anglican rector of Epworth in 1695, and also nearby Wroot in 1722. Here his wife, Susanna, bore him 19 children, although only 10 survived to adulthood, including three sons, Samuel Jr, John and Charles.

Susanna educated all her children diligently and instilled in them the methodical approach that would later characterise her sons' approach to religion. John later served as his father's curate in Wroot.

When he returned to Epworth in 1742, now an itinerant preacher, John found a religious society already established, and came back to visit and preach every other year until 1790. In 1742, excluded from the parish church, John famously preached outside it, from his father's tomb.

Also nearby
Within 5 miles around Epworth are several villages where John Wesley preached and which are featured in his journal. These are Owston Ferry, Haxey and Wroot where Wesley was curate. Gainsborough Old Hall is another site where Wesley once preached and is situated 12 miles away.

Sites in Epworth

The Old Rectory

Kilham Memorial Chapel

St Andrew's Church and Tomb of Samuel Wesley

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

Getting there [SE781042]
Car: Epworth is situated ten miles from Scunthorpe and twenty miles from Doncaster, along the A161 3 miles south of junction 2 off the M180.
Train: The nearest stations are Scunthorpe (ten miles away) and Gainsborough (twelve miles), and Crowle 7 miles. Alternatively Doncaster Station has frequent services from all major cities.
Bus: The 291 and 399 buses run on a two-hourly service from Doncaster Interchange and stop outside the Old Rectory. There is also a more frequent service to Scunthorpe.

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