Clulow, Frederick Stephens (1875-1965)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925

Early years

Frederick was born in 1875 at Burrowstone, Shropshire, to parents William Clulow and Susan Hester Stephens. William was a PM Minister.

Frederick was educated at Bourne College, Quinton, where he quickly displayed great aptitude in assimilating knowledge. He took honours in the College of Preceptors Examination and first place in the country in Geology. He also won the first medal Sir William Hartley gave for the highest total number of marks and the Conference Scholarship of £25.

Whilst at Bourne, Frederick began to preach and in due course he was recommended for the ministry.


His obituary records that Frederick was a man of God, of forceful character, renowned as a preacher, with considerable executive ability, builder of a number of churches, unsparing in devotion, outliving so many of his generation, his memory remains an abiding challenge.

After superannuation, Frederick served as an active supernumerary at Redbourn in the St Albans circuit throughout WW2. After retirement, Frederick served as Chaplain at Harperbury Hospital, Shenley, Hertfordshire, for ten years.


Frederick married Nellie Beatrice Rose Butt (1880-1966) in the summer of 1902 at Hackney, London.

  • Duncan Butt (1908-1995)

Frederick died on 23 March 1965 at Worcester Park, Surrey.


  • Hartley
  • 1897 Stoke Newington
  • 1901 Porth
  • 1902 Lowestoft
  • 1904 Poplar
  • 1908 Canning Town
  • 1911 St Helier CI
  • 1915 Upton Park
  • 1919 Church Gresley
  • 1924 Louth
  • 1927 Spalding & Holbeach
  • 1930 Lowestoft
  • 1935 London Waltham
  • 1938 St Albans (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925/781

Methodist Minutes 1965/200

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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