Clulow, William Francis (1874-1939)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928

Early years

William was born in 1874 at Liskeard, Cornwall, to parents William Clulow and Susan Hester Stephens. William, senior, was a PM Minister.

As a boy, William received most of his education at Bourne College, Birmingham. For a while, he successfully followed a commercial career with a Manchester firm. While there, he became a local preacher in the Manchester IX circuit (Higher Openshaw Church). He was recommended for the ministry when Rev John Watson, D.D. was superintendent.


William served the Manchester District as Temperance Secretary.

His obituary records that William was a keen and methodical student, his sermons gave indication of close acquaintance with current thought and an experimental knowledge of the truths he proclaimed. A man of God, he was a lover of children and music. He lived for his circuit work, and was a faithful pastor, and a comrade to all his people.


William married Elizabeth Harrison (1881-1975) in the spring of 1905 at Stockton, Co. Durham. Elizabeth’s sister married Rev William E Goodreid on the same day. Census returns identify two children.

William died on 25 October 1939 at Pocklington, Yorkshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1901 Selby
  • 1905 Bolton II
  • 1907 Chelmsford
  • 1910 Maidstone
  • 1911 Luton I
  • 1914 Lowton
  • 1918 Heywood
  • 1922 Hull IV
  • 1926 Bradford IV
  • 1931 Knowlwood
  • 1934 Chelmsford


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1928/684

Methodist Minutes 1940/167

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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