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Epworth Villa

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.

Also 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.

Director, 'Body Soul & Spirit'
Tel: 01305 787757

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.

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