Johnson, Joseph (1860-1944)

photo taken in Newcastle-on-Tyne
Englesea Brook Museum 10.04

Early life

Joseph was born at Woodthorpe, Staveley, Derbyshire, on 19 August 1860, the son of Moses and Ellen Johnson. His father was a coal miner.

He trained at Hartley College, and entered the Primitive Methodist ministry in 1882.


During his time at the South East London Mission he really left his mark. He prepared and saw come into action the Sisters’ Settlement, he built the Cripples’ Hall, founded the Children’s Home at Westcliff-on-Sea, and raised the money to pay for them.


He wrote Freemasonry: its vision and call (1927).


1883 Darlaston
1886 Cwm
1888 Hoxton
1893 Stoke Newington
1902 SE London Mission
1915 Book Steward
1920 E London Mission
1929 SE London (Supernumary)

Died 9 December 1944.


Minutes of the Methodist Conference, 1945, p125

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


Comments about this page

  • At the top of an O.S. map, published 1922 for Westcliff on Sea, there is corner of Beedell Avenue : Meth. Ch. (Prim. )

    Essex Record Office :
    ref. D/NM 27, Westcliff, Beedell Ave., corner of Westborough Road, the Primitive Methodists erected an iron building, 1905, new church same sites, 1926.

    Kind regards, Ray & Marie.

    By Raymond E. O. Ella ( Æ ). (16/06/2022)

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