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John Nelson's Study

John Nelson was a Yorkshire stonemason and the most successful and widely known of John Wesley's lay assistants: the 'pioneer of Methodism in Yorkshire'.

He was born in Birstall in 1707 and founded the Birstall Methodist Society in 1741. John and Martha Nelson are buried at Birstall parish church, where there is also a brass memorial plaque to John Nelson.

Additional visitor information
Off street parking
Limited coach access and parking
Refreshments available at cafes and takeaways in village

Also nearby
Also in Birstall is the parish church with the grave of John and Martha Nelson, as well as a brass plaque in memory of him. The 'Black Bull' public house in Kirkgate, Birstall, is a listed building and parts of it date back to the 17th century. Oakwell House built in 1583 is 1/2 mile from the village centre. Batley Mill Village retail outlet is about 2 miles away.

Chapel Street
Birstall WF17 9EJ

The land in which the study stands is now under new ownership.  The church secretary would liaise with the new owner to arrange viewing, which would be by appointment only.  Entry to view the interior of the study is not possible. The property can be seen at a distance from the main A62 road at Birstall.  

Church Secretary
Tel: 01924 474540
Property Secretary
Tel: 01924 422416

Getting there [SE225261]
Nelson's study still stands in the graveyard grounds adjacent to the former Methodist church, now converted into office buildings called 'Wesley House'. The area is quite open and the study has been subjected to vandalism over the years. Therefore, with permission from the local conservation officer, metal plating has been fixed over the doorway and window openings to keep it secure.
Car: The cities of Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield are 6 miles from Birstall. On the M62 take Junction 27 and follow signs to Huddersfield A62. The study is in Birstall village, off the A62.
Train: Nearest stations are Leeds City and Bradford.

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