Woodhouse Wesleyan Chapel (1795)

One of the preachers stationed in Leeds, Joseph Entwisle, recorded vivid eyewitness accounts of the revival.

One meeting, held about a fortnight ago [at Woodhouse], was remarkable. A number of people were assembled in expectation of a prayer meeting. It happened, however, that none of the persons who exercise on such occasions attended. After they had sat in silence for a considerable time, a poor woman fell upon her knees, and with an extraordinarily loud and bitter cry, pleaded for mercy. While she continued crying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner,’ some of the company went out and called upon one or two of the leaders, who came and held a meeting, in which several were brought into the liberty of the children of God.

Another account reads:

Preached at Woodhouse at noon. Here the scene was quite different. The Lord is pouring out his spirit in a very extraordinary manner. Almost all the inhabitants of the village appear to be under a religious concern. They have been praying night and day most of the week, generally continuing together from evening till morning. As far as we can judge at present, great numbers are flocking to Christ Upwards of a hundred, it is said, have obtained an assurance of the remission of sins the last week. The chapel would not hold the people; one of our local preachers preached in the street to a number of people, while I was preaching in the chapel.

From,’Memoir of the Rev. Joseph Entwisle: Fifty-four Years a Wesleyan Minister,’ by W Entwistle, 1848. p131.


W . Entwistle, Memoir of the Rev. Joseph Entwistle, fifty-four years a Wesleyan minister (1848) p. 128 and 131.

Additional Information

The archivist told me the chapel was where the existing church stands.