Langham, Robert (1812-1862)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1858
Copy provided by Steven Carter

Robert was born on 7 August 1812 in Leicester to parents Joseph and Hannah. He was baptised on 17 August 1812 at All Saints, Leicester.


Ritson gives an insight into the living condition of PM Ministers in describing the conditions where Robert lived in Bridlington.

He occupied a thatch-roofed cottage near a farm-yard. At night the house was often visited by rats. In wet weather the water ran down the walls, and occasionally before breakfast both bucket and broom were required to remove puddles. A ladder led to the bedroom above.’

Petty records that Robert had some success, in 1855, in creating a society at Spilsby, a town that had been visited on several previous occasions.


Robert married Alice Heathcote (1811-1876) of Wigston, Leicestershire in the spring of 1838. Census returns identify five children.

  • Emma (1839-1883) – a dressmaker
  • Hannah (1841-1919) – married John Harrison, a PM Minister
  • Mary Ann (1843-1880)
  • Joseph (1847-1863)
  • Selma Alice (b1851)

Robert died on 15 April 1862 at Sculcoates, Hull.


  • 1835 Halifax
  • 1837 Horncastle
  • 1838 Driffield
  • 1840 Hull
  • 1842 Pocklington
  • 1844 Scotter
  • 1845 Epworth
  • 1846 Retford
  • 1849 Hornsea
  • 1851 Bridlington
  • 1853 Alford
  • 1855 Winterton
  • 1857 Barton on Humber
  • 1859 Patrington
  • 1861 Hull ll


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1858/641 1862/705

PM Minutes 1862/7

J Petty, The history of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, 1880, p507

Joseph Ritson, The Romance of Primitive Methodism , 1909, p 214

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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