John Wesley recorded in his journal: "Friday 6th September 1776 – I preached at
the new house in Melcombe, to as many as it
would well contain".
In the eighteenth-century Weymouth was
known as Melcombe Regis and became
a popular destination for King George III.
The Georgian house now called 'Epworth
Villa' has been identified as Weymouth's
first Methodist meeting house. The
Southampton Methodist District Archivist
was pleased to be able to work with the
owners to establish Epworth Villa's history
and then to arrange to fix and unveil a
commemorative blue plaque on the property
in November 2013 in the presence of
His Worship the Mayor of Weymouth.
Additional visitor information
Car and coach parking and refreshment outlets
available in the town nearby.
As a well-known holiday destination, particularly
for sailing for which Weymouth was the base
during the 2012 London Olympic Games, the
town has numerous parks, wildlife and sealife
centres, and leisure and shopping opportunities.
14 Gloucester Street
External viewing only. A blue plaque
commemorates Wesley's visit and identifies 'Epworth Villa', which is a private residence and
the 'Body Soul & Spirit' retail outlet.
Getting there [ST590734] OS: SY678792 On foot: Gloucester Street links Commercial
Road and The Esplanade. Train: Direct link to London Waterloo.
Gloucester Street is within easy walking distance
(or taxis are available) from the station. Walk
directly across from the station to Park Street and
take the fourth turning on the left, towards the
sea, into Gloucester Street.