Grigg, George (1810-1882)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1865

George was born circa 1810 at Plymouth, Devon.


On 11 June 1838, George visited Bisham, nr Marlow. A few friends accompanied him to assist in singing. They began an open-air service on the village green about four o’clock in the afternoon. They were soon disturbed by the local clergyman. A long discussion ensued. Finally the clergyman falsely accused George as being the origin of a disturbance caused by a number of local drunks. Nevertheless some of the crowd were deeply affected and joined a society in the neighbouring village.

The following Tuesday George went to Cookham Dean, a place notorious for wickedness. Here some of the large congregation disrupted the proceedings with lewd songs, swearing and violence towards George.

On returning to the same place on 17 July, a number of persecutors gathered at the public house to cause disruption. However one of the ring leaders was powerfuly affected by the service. Gradually the number of members increased.

Results were not so good whilst George was at St Albans in 1844. A large chapel was built and opened for worship in December 1844, but a series of disasters ensued, which rendered this chapel case one of the most painful and distressing which the connexion ever experienced. At the conference of 1850 there were only 76 members on the St Albans station.


George was married to Mary Penn (1807-1882) from Aston, Hertfordshire in the summer of 1843.

George died on 19 November 1882 at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.


  • 1838 Reading
  • 1842 Watford
  • 1843 St Albans
  • 1844 Wallingford
  • 1846 Radstock
  • 1850 Pillowell
  • 1853 Redruth
  • 1856 Tredegar
  • 1857 Merthyr Tydfil
  • 1859 Chippenham
  • 1860 Dover & Deal
  • 1862 Guernsey
  • 1864 Ryde
  • 1865 Plymouth
  • 1866 Yeovil & Sherborne
  • 1868 Alderney
  • 1869 Guernsey (S)
  • 1875 High Wycombe


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1840/419; 1865/321 (portrait)

PM Minutes 1883/6

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p363, p462

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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  • For more detailed information about the activities of George Grigg in Hertfordshire follow this link.

    By David Noble (18/12/2012)

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