Jennings, Elijah

Vice President of Conference

Elijah Jennings
Englesea Brook Museum 10/04

I see that listed as a Vice President of Conference in 1890 is E.Jennings.  He was my great grandfather, whose first name was Elijah.  He was born in 1842, married in 1860, and established a boot and shoe manufacturing business in Leicester.  I understood from my grandmother that he was a Primitive Methodist local preacher.  He died in 1914, and is buried in a family plot in Welford Road Cemetery in Leicester.

In 1898 he laid a foundation stone of Hinckley Road Methodist Church, Leicester, where he was Superintendent of the Sunday School, and a Councillor. In 1903 he laid a foundation stone of the Primitive Methodist Church New Schools, Fosse Road, Leicester.  In 1907 he was presented with a rosebowl for 50 years association with Hinckley Road Primitive Methodist Church, so there must have been a church on that site before the present one (which is now a Ukrainian church).

My parents were married in that church in 1936, and I was christened there on New Year’s Day, 1939.

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  • Is there anyone who can give more information about the Jennings family? I believe my sons are descendants of Elijah Jennings – my ex-husband has talked about his great grandfather who was a shoe manufacturer in Leicester. Thank you in advance!

    By jean jennings (07/02/2016)
  • I have added this photograph of Elijah Jennings, which is in an album of people, mainly ministers, who were at the Primitive Methodist Conference in 1904. It was given as a Christmas present to his wife Nellie, by Rev George Bennet (1856-1931). We also have at Englesea Brook Museum an interesting scrapbook of newspaper cuttings dating from 1890, and relating to Elijah Jennings as Vice President of Conference.

    By Jill Barber (01/05/2015)
  • A brief history of Primitive Methodism in Leicester is written in the 50th anniversary literature (1949) of Hinckley Road PM church:

    Our early ancestors in Leicester worshipped first in George Street Chapel, and later in what was called The Friars Chapel, a chapel which was purchased from the Independent Methodists. Later in 1841, York Street Chapel was built and in 1873 this society united with Alexander Street Society to build St. Nicolas Street Chapel. For twenty-five years this chapel was the spiritual home of our Methodist forefathers in this part of Leicester. Then, in 1898, the site on which our present church stands was purchased, and our church was built.

    Jennifer’s great grandfather’s 50 year connection with Primitive Methodism in Leicester, marked in 1907 with the presentation of the rose bowl, could have dated back to the days of the York Street chapel.

    He was certainly associated with the St Nicholas Street chapel: a stone that he laid in the first PM chapel in Cosby is inscribed:

    This stone was laid by Mr E Jennings, for himself and his St Nicholas Street class. June 15th, 1886.

    This stone is now in the present PM chapel in Cosby, which opened in 1922.

    For further information, see pages

    Places: Primitive Methodism in Cosby.

    Leicestershire Chapels:  Hinckley Road Church. Cosby Chapel

    By Jane Richardson (30/04/2015)

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