Bailey, Horace (1897-1969)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

HORACE BAILEY: born at Biddulph Moor, Staffordshire, in 1897. He was accepted for the Primitive Methodist ministry, and after training at Hartley College, travelled in the following circuits from 1924: Bottesford, Selby, Thornley, Alston, Silchester, Talke, Sheffield (Surrey St.), Crowle, Sherburn, Preston (Fylde Rd.), Mossley, Tarporley, Calne, Leek, Sandbach (Providence). Before his full retirement he was an active supernumerary at Pershore, Worcester, for two years, and then settled in characteristic gentle peacefulness in Lytham St. Annes. 

He was by nature a quiet man of peace: gentleness and graciousness characterized all his life and ministry. In his personality and manner, as well as in his preaching and the constant kind caring of his pastoral ministrations, he was a man of God and always a gentleman. In his dealings and relationships, integrity, friendship, and consideration for others were always manifest and set a definite mark of loving kindness on the way he preached and cared for his people in the manifold concerns of the ministry and the work of God in the Church he loved. These same qualities were delightfully demonstrated in all his domestic and family affairs. 

The other interests of his personal life were music, reading and travel. In his early life he played the ’cello, and in his wide love of all music he later became particularly appreciative of brass-band music. A practical mechanical aptitude and knowledge of cars gave a keener edge to his interest in travel. He lived, a pilgrim in the peace of God, and died as such on 22 September 1969, in the seventy-third year of his age and the forty-sixth of his ministry.


Horace was born on 11 February 1897 at Biddulph Moor, Staffordshire, to parents Richard, stone mason, and Alice.

He married Dorenda Booth (1895-1971) in the spring of 1928 at Thornsett PM Chapel, Derbyshire. Birth records identify two daughters.

  • Dorenda Joyce (1929-2008) – married William Tiplady in 1953
  • Winifred (b1931)

Horace died on 22 September 1969 at Lytham St Annes, Lancashire


  • Hartley
  • 1924 Bottesford
  • 1925 Selby
  • 1928 Thornley
  • 1930 Alston
  • 1932 Silchester
  • 1935 Talke
  • 1937 Sheffield Surrey St
  • 1940 Crowle
  • 1942 Sherburn
  • 1946 Preston Fylde
  • 1947 Mossley
  • 1949 Tarporley
  • 1956 Calne
  • 1958 Leek, Beth
  • 1960 Leek
  • 1961 Sandbach Prov
  • 1963 Sandbach &c
  • 1964 Evesham (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1970/173

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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