Hindle, James Heywood (1869-1953)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925

Early years

James was born on 27 December 1869 at Haslingden, Lancashire, to parents Richard and Eliza. Richard was a cotton weaver.

James was named after his maternal grandfather who was a notable local preacher in the Bury circuit.

James was converted at the age of fourteen during the ministry of Rev John Mould. Within two years of his conversion, James began to preach.

James worked as a letter carrier before entering the ministry.


James sermons were evangelical and practical, and delivered with a sympathetic force and freshness which carried conviction.

Unambitious of rank or office, James nevertheless took his share of district work and served as Examination, Orphanage and District Secretary.

His obituary records that James was a well-read brother, loved his Lord and delighted in preaching the Gospel. His garden to him was a joy, and up to the end of his active ministry he took pride in making the wilderness to ‘blossom as a rose’.


James married Edith Tait Tallents (b1877) in the summer of 1900 at Selby, Yorkshire. Census returns identify four children.

  • Norman (1901-1998)
  • Gladys Maud (b1903)
  • Edith Mary (b1907)
  • Geoffrey H (1910-1911)

James died on 16 November 1953 at Belfast, Northern Ireland.


  • 1896 Selby
  • 1898 Grassington
  • 1900 Bedale
  • 1903 Tadcaster
  • 1905 Rotherham
  • 1908 Hoyland
  • 1911 Skipton
  • 1915 Alford
  • 1921 Penzance
  • 1925 St Ives
  • 1927 Swindon II
  • 1930 Chatham
  • 1933 Gravesend &c
  • 1936 Belfast (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1925/560

Methodist Minutes 1954/124

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Note: Edith was registered as Edith Tait. Her marriage record gives the name Edith Tallents.

The 1911 census names her as Edith Tait Hindle.


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