Lamb, George (1809-1886)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1884
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905
George Lamb LRCP gravestone 1843 - 1916: son of Rev George Lamb: Hull General Cemetery
Christopher Hill September 2020

Early years

George was born in 1809 at Preston, Lancashire. His mother was a member of the Society of Friends and took George to services at the meeting house when he was a child.

Aged about 17, George attended a camp meeting and lovefeast at Preston where he committed himself to Christ. He aligned himself with the Primitive Methodist Sunday School, became a local preacher and became associated with the Christian and philanthropic work of Joseph livesey, a founder of the Temperance Movement.

In 1829, George took part in a missionary meeting at Lancaster with Hugh Bourne. Bourne was so favourably impressed that he immediately invited George to go to Pocklington where a minister was required.


During his appointment to the Scotter circuit some 19 societies were formed and George took the chief part in the erection of 11 chapels.

George was appointed to Hull circuits on many occasions spending some 21 years of his ministry in Hull. 19 years were spent in London.

George was President of Conference in 1866 and 1884. He was also appointed as a permanent member of conference in 1880.

His obituary records that George was one of the best family visitors the Connexion has ever had, methodical, sympathetic, devout, avoiding all gossip, taking kindly interest in temporal as well as the spiritual welfare of his people and making his visits religiously healthful and stimulating.

His preaching was earnest, faithful, powerful exposition and enforcement of Scriptural truths; always practical, and often attended with great spiritual influence.

He was an excellent superintendent minister. His own definition of the work of a superintendent was ‘he should be the man who attends to details and will plod’.

At the time of his death, George was a member of the Hull School Board and Hull Charity Organisation Committee. He was also President of the Hull Gospel Temperance Society.


George married Sarah Smith (1807-1878) on 23 January 1834 at Misterton, Nottingham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Robert (1835-1873) – a General Practitioner
  • Ann Lockwood (1842-1853)
  • George (1843-1916) – a surgeon

George died on 13 February 1886 at Hull, Yorkshire.


  • 1830 Halifax
  • 1832 Scotter
  • 1837 Halifax
  • 1839 Leeds
  • 1841 York
  • 1843 Grimsby
  • 1845 Hull West
  • 1847 Hull East
  • 1850 Hull West
  • 1852 Brigg
  • 1853 London ll
  • 1857 London lll
  • 1861 London l
  • 1863 Hull l
  • 1866 Hull ll
  • 1869 London ll
  • 1870 Book Steward
  • 1875 Leeds lll
  • 1878 Hull lV
  • 1881 Hull l
  • 1885 Hull ll


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1879/171 (Sarah); 1884 (portrait); 1887/242; 1905/689

PM Minutes 1886/11

The Primitive Methodis t 1886/105ff

J Petty, The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p424, p502

H B Kendall, Origin and History of the PM Church, vol 1, p473; vol 2, p292

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



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  • This page was modified on 9 January 2018 to add a transcription of an article published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine 1905.

    By Geoff Dickinson (09/01/2018)

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