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

Trewint, Cornwall


Curator : curator@wesleycottage.org.uk



Opening Times

Open: 1st May – 31st October – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm
Other times by arrangement.

Worship Services
Monthly Evening Praise and Prayer services May-Oct. Annual Wesley Day 'Preach from the Porch' on Sunday nearest 24 May (see www.wesleycottage.org.uk 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.

Refreshments available

Complimentary light refreshments normally available

Peace Garden and Prayer Garden
Limited disabled access.


Very limited parking

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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.

Wesley Cottage Wesley Day Celebrations

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