Metcalf, Llewellyn (1886-1975)

Transcription of obituary published in the Minutes of Conference

LLEWELLYN METCALF: born on 21st September 1886 in Oldham but he retained a pride in his Welsh ancestry. Before entering Hartley College he spent two years at Thetford and after college served in the following circuits: Braintree, Kelsale, Market Drayton, Wallingford, West Monmouth Mission, Alnwick, Silchester, Diss, Bradford (Laisterdyke), Huddersfield (Northumberland Street), Consett, Oswestry, and Castleford, retiring to Bournemouth in 1956. 

His period as chaplain in the army was a time he remembered with much satisfaction. He had a vital interest in the people he met and army life gave him great scope for being involved with men. His personality was many sided. He had a shrewd judgment in business matters and developed a great interest in antiques and in his later years was often seen at sale rooms examining the various items that might become part of his collection. In other aspects he was very other-worldy, having a mystical temperament with a great concern for matters of the inner life and of prayer. He was a man of strong but simple faith and unseen things were very real to him. The strange mixture of his personality was seen in ecumenical matters where he opposed the scheme for Anglican-Methodist unity but had a very great regard for the Roman Catholic Church. 

There was a sense in which he was a wanderer. He believed in an itinerant system with no place for invitations; one was sent to appointments. In similar fashion he had no place for modern methods of transport and continued to use a cycle to within a day or two of his death. 

He died on 9th May 1975 in the eighty-ninth year of his age and the fifty-fourth year of his ministry.


Llewellyn was born in 1896 at Spennymoor, Co. Durham, to parents Moses, a commercial traveller (1911), and Ellen.

Llewellyn died on 9 May 1975 at Bournmouth, Dorset.


  • 1921 Thetford
  • 1923 Hartley
  • 1925 Braintree
  • 1927 Kelsale
  • 1929 Market Drayton
  • 1932 Wallingford
  • 1934 W Monmouth Mission
  • 1936 Alnwick
  • 1940 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1945 Silchester
  • 1946 resigned
  • 1947 Diss
  • 1949 Bradford
  • 1950 Huddersfield Northld
  • 1951 Consett
  • 1953 Oswestry
  • 1954 Castleford
  • 1956 Bournemouth (S)


Methodist Minutes 1975/182

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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