Silsden Primitive Methodists (1821)

The late Mr John Hewson and his fellow labourers were made extensively useful at Silsden, (where Mr John Flesher united with the society), Keighley, and many other places in the district. About the same time, or soon afterwards, the late Mr Thomas Batty visited the neighbourhood, and was eminently successful in bringing souls to Christ, Writing to Mr Flesher, Mr Batty says, “Your respected father welcomed to his house and table those of us who were among the first that visited Silsden. Then he permitted us to occupy his barn as a temporary chapel, although the streets were generally our battle-ground. What a birth-place for souls was that barn!" Referring to the powerful meetings then held at Silsden, Mr Flesher says, "We remember that on one evening forty-four sinners were pricked in their hearts under one sermon."

From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860, p125.

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