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Wesley Cottage, Trewint (aka Digory Isbell's Cottage)

On their first trip to Cornwall with John Wesley in 1743, two of his companions, John Nelson and John Downes, stopped at stonemason Digory Isbell's cottage to seek hospitality.

They were welcomed by his wife, Elizabeth. Nelson called again as he was leaving Cornwall and reportedly preached to some 300 people.

After that Wesley was also a regular lodger, and so Digory Isbell added a two-room 'Prophet's Chamber' to his cottage where Wesley and his preachers both stayed and preached.

The lower room of the Chamber is thought to be the smallest Methodist preaching place in the world.

Today Wesley Cottage is open for visitors and contains eighteenth-century furnishings and displays of Wesleyana.

Additional visitor information
Complimentary light refreshments normally available
Tours by the Curator normally available
Peace Garden and Prayer Garden
Very limited parking
Bargain Christian bookstall
Traditional Methodist services by prior request
Activities for children available
Limited disabled access (contact Curator for details)

Worship Services
Monthly Evening Praise and Prayer services May-Oct. Annual Wesley Day 'Preach from the Porch' on Sunday nearest 24 May (see for further details).

Also nearby
Altarnun village and church, where Elizabeth and Digory Isbell are buried. The old Methodist chapel in the village (1795, enlarged 1836) is today a private dwelling, but indicated by a bust of John Wesley over the doorway, carved by eminent sculptor, Nevil Northey Burnard, when just 18. Burnard's birthplace adjoins the chapel.

Wesley Cottage Wesley Day Celebrations

Wesley Day Celebrations are held in May each year to mark John Wesley's Conversion on 24th May 1738

Friday 24 May 2013

7.30pm : Service led by Mr John Hogarth in the Prophet's Chamber including the reading of a Wesley Sermon

Sunday 26 May 2013

Services to be led by Rev Steve Wild and Rev Celia Philips

4pm : open air service at the porch - Preacher: Rev Ruth Goodland followed by Tea in Altarnun Church Hall

6.30pm : Saltash Ladies Choir at Altarnun Parish Church

7pm : Wesley Day worship in Altarnun Parish Church- Preacher: Rev Keith Garner (Wesley Mission, Sydney, Australia)



Near Launceston, Cornwall

By appointment.

Tel: 07825 819584

Getting there [SX 220804]
: 9 miles west of Launceston. Leave A30 at road signed 'Five Lanes' and/or 'Altarnun'. Beyond the underpass, turn left into Trewint.

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