Black, Lancelot Robert (1900-1958)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

LANCELOT ROBERT BLACK: born at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1900. He was accepted for the Primitive Methodist Ministry in 1924, and after being trained at Hartley College, he began his active ministry at Kennington Park, London. After a short term at Crewe, he exercised a fruitful ministry successively at Burnley, Laisterdyke, Blyth, Houghton-le-Spring, Ashington, Peel, and finally Chester, where in October 1957 he suffered a complete breakdown in health which necessitated his early retirement. 

In all his circuits, and not least at Chester where he retired, he endeared himself to his people by his fine personal qualities and his unswerving devotion to his work. Though not erudite, he was truly cultured and was a lover of good books. He made no pretence to pulpit oratory, but his preaching brought comfort and spiritual strength to many, and the testimony of his spoken word was supported by the consistency of his noble Christian character. He was a devoted pastor, always courteous in his approach to people and generous in his judgements. Quiet and unassuming, yet with the strength of sterling integrity, he was respected as a man of God. He was a devout man who disciplined his devotional life. 

He won the admiration of all who knew him during the shadowed months of his long illness by reason of his patient faith and steadfast good cheer. He will be gratefully and affectionately remembered in all the circuits in which he laboured, as a faithful minister of Jesus Christ and a loyal colleague. He died on 23 December 1958 in the fifty-ninth year of his life and the thirty-second of his ministry.


Lancelot was born on 26 November 1900 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, to parents Lancelot Black, a bricklayer, and Jane James Nicholson.

He married Emily Pearson (1898-1985) in the summer of 1931 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.

Lancelot died on 23 December 1958 at Blacon, Chester, Cheshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1927 Kennington Park
  • 1929 Crewe II
  • 1930 Burnley I
  • 1933 Bradford Laisterdyke
  • 1937 Blyth &c
  • 1941 Houghton le Spring
  • 1946 Ashington
  • 1951 Peel
  • 1955 Chester Hunt


Methodist Minutes 1959/190

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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