Barron, Sydney Archibald (1863-1930)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1929

Early years

Sydney was born on 18 July 1863 at Hereford, Herefordshire to parents Reuben Barron and Martha Mitchell. Reuben was a PM Minister.

Sydney joined the Church as a boy while living at Alfreton. He was placed on the plan in the Leicester First circuit whilst in his teens. Sydney worked as a clerk before entering the ministry. He spent a year as a hired local preacher in London before being stationed as a probationer at Leicester.


Sydney belonged to the liberal school of religious thought. He also inherited from his mother a mystical temperament. His preaching was expository in style, experimental in approach and intensely evangelistic in spirit.

His obituary records that though short of stature, Sydney was possessed of a distinctive personality which arrested attention and compelled recognition. His every word, tone and gesture revealed his restless intellect and his ardent soul. Idleness to him was an impossibility: movement was the law of his life.

After superannuation, Sydney gave pastoral oversight to the Humberstone Road Church in Leicester, which he had been instrumental in building, and became Free Church Chaplain to the City Sanatorium.


Sydney married Annie Adelaide Harvey (1856-1928) in the summer of 1888 at Leicester, Leicestershire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Gertrude (b1889) – married Alfred William Hall, a PM Minister, in 1920
  • Hilda (1891-1970) – studying to be a deaconess (1911)
  • May (1893-1963) – a teacher

Sydney died on 6 October 1930 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


  • 1884 Leicester II
  • 1886 Nottingham IV
  • 1887 Nottingham II
  • 1888 Derby I
  • 1891 Northampton I
  • 1894 Hull III
  • 1896 Leicester II
  • 1900 Loughborough
  • 1903 Sheffield IX
  • 1905 Sheffield I
  • 1908 Leicester III
  • 1911 Swindon
  • 1916 Gainsborough
  • 1920 Kiveton Park
  • 1924 Sheffield III
  • 1927 Leicester III (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/76; 1929/617 (Annie); 1931/433

PM Minutes 1931/275

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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