Herod, Arthur Joseph (1872-1949)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931

Transcription of Obituary in Minutes of Methodist Conference

Born at Great Yarmouth in 1872. A well-known minister in the former Primitive Methodist Church, he began his circuit work at Aldershot in 1898, after training at Hartley College. In a variety of circuits he rendered devoted service, beginning in 1916 a seven years ministry in Ashbourne, and a connection with the Derby District which was to last, with the exception of three years at Pontypool, until the day of his death.

He served the Burton-on-Trent and Derby (Dale Road) Circuits from 1923 until 1932.

Returning to Derby as a Supernumerary in 1935, he became a very helpful friend to all the Derby churches, preaching regularly and addressing all kinds of weekday meetings.

His services as chaplain at what is now known as the Manor Hospital were greatly appreciated, and his pastoral work brought comfort and cheer to the people to whom he ministered so conscientiously.

He had a special gift for secretarial work, and served his brethren as Secretary of the Joint Anglican and Free Church Fraternal, also of the Derby Methodist Ministers’ Fraternal. He also served his fellow-gardeners as Secretary of the Allotment Holders’ Association.

Many people in all walks of life looked upon him as their friend and gave him their affection. His cheerful spirit was an inspiration, especially during the suffering of the last few months of his earthly life.

He passed to higher service on 29th October 1949, in the seventy-eighth year of his life and the fifty-second of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1950


Arthur was born on 27 March 1872 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to parents George, a steam sawyer (1891), and Emma.

Arthur trained as a shoemaker before entering the ministry.

He married Annie Eliza Lewis (1873-1958) in the summer of 1902 at Cheltenham. Census returns identify two of three children.

  • Hector Arthur Lewis (b1903)
  • Raymond George Lewis (b1907) – an assistant schoolmaster (1939)

Arthur died on 29 October 1949 at Mickleover, Derbyshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1898 Aldershot
  • 1900 Plymouth
  • 1902 Chalfont St Giles
  • 1904 Lichfield
  • 1905 Prees Green
  • 1908 Silverdale
  • 1911 Littleborough
  • 1916 Ashbourne
  • 1923 Burton on Trent II
  • 1928 Derby IV
  • 1932 Pontypool
  • 1935 Derby (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931/271

Methodist Minutes 1950/128

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


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