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
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 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.
Birstall WF17 9EJ
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.
Tel: 01924 474540
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.
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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