Hall, Richard (1849-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A.J.B.

With the departure of Mr. R. Hall, on May 20th, at Selby, Selby Circuit has lost one of its oldest local preachers. Born at Selby sixty-five years ago, and converted soon after he had attained his majority, he had rendered acceptable service as a local preacher for nearly forty years. When journeys were mostly on foot and distances great, our brother cheerfully and regularly attended to his appointments, and was specially at home in open-air work. So long as health permitted he continued to toil, and it was a great grief to him when he could no longer fulfil his engagements. 

A trustee for Selby Chapel, he was diligent in attending official meetings as well as the regular services. Having been out of health for some time, an operation was performed, and he sank to rest on the same day. The interment took place in Selby Cemetery, a service having previously been held in our chapel, the Revs. A.J. Bull and L. Robinson officiating. An impressive memorial service was held the following Sunday evening.


Richard was born in the spring of 1849 at Selby, Yorkshire, to parents John Hall, a sawyer (1851), and Mary Robinson. He was baptised on 31 August 1851 at Selby Abbey.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Richard.

  • 1871 sawyer
  • 1881 carter
  • 1891 carter
  • 1901 coal carter
  • 1911 coal dealer

He married Jane Ann Tate (1850-1925) on 4 June 1874 at Ricall, Yorkshire. Census returns identify one of three children.

  • William Routledge (1875-1960) – a professor of music, organist, specialist teacher of piano (1911)

Richard died on 20 May 1914 at the Cottage Hospital, Selby, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/577

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