Bridge, Sarah (nee Cann) (1859-1911)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.T.

In the passing of Mrs. Bridge, Warrington Circuit is deprived of one of its most loyal adherents. For over thirty years her chief concern was for the Church she joined just before her marriage. Her gentle nature shrank from publicity, but her deep-seated yearning for the welfare of Primitive Methodism found expression in many other ways. In the days of Sharp Street Mission she instigated and successfully carried out several efforts for its maintenance. The workers at the church, both preachers and others, were always sure of a warm welcome at her home. 

She possessed a singularly devout disposition, and had the most praiseworthy ideals of worship, not only in the sanctuary, but also in her home. The frail body, the gentle manner of speech and movement all bespoke her near approach to the Celestial City. Her last days were passed under a mental cloud, but, even then, her faith in her Saviour never wavered, and in her clearer moments she strove, by strong resolution, to fortify herself against causing unnecessary trouble during any future relapse.

Her husband and daughter and others watched over her with tender solicitude. In August, 1911, at the age of 51, she joyfully entered into rest. The Revs. J.B. Buglass, of Rochdale, and W. Cooper performed the last rites amidst a large concourse of sympathisers. Her husband, who is Circuit Steward, and her daughter, a talented vocalist, mourn her loss.


Sarah was born in the summer of 1859 at Warrington, Lancashire, to parents William Cann, a cotton weaver (1861), and Catherine Hough.

She married Richard Bridge (1862-1915), a dairyman (1901), in late 1883 at Warrington, Lancashire. Census returns identify one child.

  • Alice (1884-1972) – married Charles Worthington, a commercial clerk (1939), in 1911

Sarah died on 14 September 1911 at Warrington, Lancashire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1912/658

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Sarah’s cemetery record gives the date of her death as 14 September 1911, not August 1911 as stated in the obituary.

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