Normandale, George Collinson (1849-1930)
George was born on 23 March 1849 at Keighley, Yorkshire, to parents George Normandale and Mary Ann Oldroyd. George senior was a PM Minister.
George was converted at the age of 12.
At the age of 13, George entered the business of a large builder and contractor. By the age of 23 he had become book-keeper and confidential clerk. The skills developed here were useful in his later ministry.
Prior to attending the Theological College at Sunderland in 1873, George became a hired local preacher at Ripon.
George’s ministry was primarily in two districts; Norwich (15 yrs) and London Districts (30 yrs). During his ministry George superintended the building of five chapels and four schools. He was Secretary of the Orphanage and Sunday School Committees in the Norwich District. For ten years he was Secretary of the London I District Building Committee. George spent over twenty years as a member of the General Committee. In 1908 he was Assistant Secretary of Conference.
The 1919 article in the Primitive Methodist Magazine records that George had been appointed Treasurer of the Connexional Fund following his superannuation, a post he held for five years.
His obituary records that George’s preaching was broadly evangelical, giving evidence of a cultured mind and heart; his prayers were a benediction to multitudes of men and women who were cheered by his ministry.
Following superannuation, George became Honorary Secretary of the London United Temperance Council. He was also a ‘Visitor of Hospitals’ under the Public Health Department for London.
George’s second wife, Ann, worked in Sunday School, for the Temperance Cause, and for the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavour (YPSCE).
George married Mary Eliza Goddard (1858- 1886) in early 1879 at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
George married Ann Louisa Gant (1869-1952) of Dovercourt, Essex in the summer of 1892 in Southwark, London. Census returns identify two children.
- Annie Dorothy (1893-1931)
- Colin Joseph (1900-1962)
George died on 1 September 1930 at Stoke Newington, London.
- Attended Sunderland Theological Institute
- 1874 Downham
- 1877 Briston
- 1878 Ipswich
- 1881 Docking
- 1882 Yarmouth
- 1883 Martham
- 1886 Harwich
- 1889 Kingston
- 1892 New Wandsworth
- 1894 St Neots
- 1897 Maidenhead
- 1900 Rotherhithe
- 1903 Richmond
- 1910 Southend
- 1915 Stroud Green
- 1919 London (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1911/171; 1919/643; 1930/695
PM Minutes 1931/306
W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers