Barmby, Leonard John Dalby (1896-1981)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

LEONARD JOHN BARMBY: born on 1st March 1896 in Kingston-upon-Hull. From a devout Primitive Methodist family he offered for the ministry, was accepted and entered Hartley College in 1923. He began his active circuit work in the Abergavenny Circuit, after which he served in the north east, in the Shotley Bridge, Hetton, and Newcastle upon Tyne (Heaton and Wallsend) Circuits. Whilst at Hetton he married Clara Rose, a daughter of the Rev. James Prouton. In 1938 they moved to the London (Sydenham and Forest Hill) Circuit where he remained throughout the war years. He then came into the London North-East District, serving in the Bishop’s Stortford, Romford, London (Ilford) and Harlow Mission Circuits. He became a supernumerary in 1969 and retired to Wanstead. 

Leonard Barmby was a wise administrator, an effective preacher and a pastor who found acceptance in the homes of his people. He always bore witness to the devout life of his parents and his Primitive Methodist origins. Like his Lord, he was a carpenter and alongside his ministry he pursued actively the craft in which he had a professional skill. After a brief illness he died on Sth February 1981 in the eighty-fifth year of his age and the fifty-sixth year of his ministry.


Leonard was born on 1 March 1896 at Hull, Yorkshire, to parents John, a factory packer (1911), and Mary Jane.

In 1911 Leonard is working as a packer’s labourer.

He married Clara Rose Prouton (1896-1983) in late 1929 in the Downham Registration District, Norfolk. Birth records identify one child.

  • Joan O (b1931)

Leonard died on 5 February 1981 at South Woodford, London.


  • Hartley
  • 1925 Abergavenny
  • 1927 Shotley Bridge
  • 1929 Hetton
  • 1934 Newcastle Heaton
  • 1938 London Sydenham
  • 1947 Bishop Stortford
  • 1952 Romford
  • 1959 London Ilford
  • 1964 Harlow Mission
  • 1969 Wanstead (Sup)


Methodist Minutes 1981/60

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

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