Biggs, Joshua (1848-1927)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908

Early years

Joshua was born on 19 July 1848 at Stoke St Milborough, nr Ludlow, Shropshire to parents Thomas and Sarah. Both of his parents were local preachers. Thomas was a shoemaker.

Joshua was converted in his teens, an event triggered by words from Rev Charles Smallman. He was briefly engaged as a hired local preacher in his own circuit. This was followed by a similar position in the Dawley circuit for fifteen months before entering the ministry.


During his superintendency, new chapels were erected at The Cefn, The Hope, Moston, Butler’s Bank, Mainstone (new school), St Leonards, Shoeburyness and Darsham (new school). At Wrentham the chapel was entirely reconstructed.

As a preacher, Joshua belonged to the evangelical school, preaching a full, free, and present salvation; his sermons were carefully prepared and forcefully delivered.


Joshua married Jane Lambert (1843-1931) in late 1876 in the Madeley Registration District, Shropshire. Jane was a local preacher. They had one daughter.

  • Lilian Lambert (1879-1963) – a music teacher

Joshua died on 7 January 1927 at Aintree Sloley, Norfolk.


  • 1872 Dawley
  • 1873 Oswestry
  • 1876 Ramsor
  • 1878 Crewe
  • 1880 Welshpool
  • 1882 Prees Green
  • 1887 Bollington
  • 1890 Bishops Castle
  • 1893 Hastings
  • 1900 Buckingham
  • 1903 Halesworth
  • 1908 Aylsham
  • 1912 N Walsham
  • 1918 N Walsham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/759

PM Minutes 1927/249

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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