Naylor, Arthur (1878-1948)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931

Early years

Arthur was born in 1878 at Rothwell, Leeds, Yorkshire, to parents George and Sarah Jane. George was a coal-miner.


Arthur spent five years as Christian Endeavour Secretary in the Leeds District. He was also Methodist Union Secretary for the District.

During his ministry in Morley Arthur served as Mayor’s Chaplain.  He was present, as Superintendent Minister, at the funeral of my great-grandfather, Edward Hughes.

His obituary records that as a preacher he excelled, proclaiming with freshness, power, and passion the saving grace of God in Christ. As a pastor, Arthur was loved by his people. His circuits knew him as a capable administrator and organiser.

His genial and cheerful disposition, sympathetic nature, lofty character and unstinted service endeared him to a wide circle of friends in all Churches.

In retiring in 1942, Arthur settled in Morecambe. He preached at both services on 5 January 1948, but the same evening he was taken to the Queen Victoria Hospital. He passed away in hospital on 22 February.


Arthur married Julia Ross (1880-1951) in late 1906 at Crowle, Lincolnshire.

  • Arthur Frank (1908-1971) – a civil servant (1951)
  • Kenneth (b1912)
  • Bernard Ross (1917-1986)

Arthur died on 22 February 1948 at Morecambe, Lancashire.


  • 1902 Crowle
  • 1904 Wallingford
  • 1905 Erith &c
  • 1906 Stowmarket
  • 1908 Tetney
  • 1913 Wakefield II
  • 1918 Scholes
  • 1920 Castleford
  • 1925 Morley
  • 1930 Kiveton Park
  • 1935 Sheffield N
  • 1942 Morecambe (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931/126

Methodist Minutes 1948/134

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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