Phillipson, Thomas Dryden (1890-1952)

Thomas Dryden Phillipson
Ann Warren (see comment below)

Early years

Dryden (as he was known in the family) was born in 1890 at Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, to parents John Phillipson and Sarah Helen Jepson. John was a PM Minister.

Before entering the ministry Dryden was an assistant schoolmaster. He trained at Hartley College, Manchester


Dryden had his probation interrupted by service with the Royal Army Medical Corps in France in World War 1. He volunteered on 4 November 1915 at Walthamstow. He became a Corporal and had the regimental number 79596.

His obituary records that he was supremely a circuit minister, giving his whole life and time to his churches, and it was certainly true that he had the care and welfare of his people upon his heart and in his prayers. He was most approachable by young and old alike.

As a preacher he always impressed his hearers with his utter earnestness and forcefulness. His messages came out of a rich and cultured mind, and out of a heart that glowed with intense zeal for his Lord.


Dryden married Florence Heys (1893-1989) in the spring of 1919 at Haslingden, Lancashire. Records identify three children.

  • Doris (1920-1999) – married Roy Selwyn Tack
  • Helen M (b1924)
  • John Dryden (1926-1993)

Dryden died on 26 May 1952 at Wigan, Lancashire.


  • Hartley
  • 1914 Upton Park
  • 1915 H.M. Forces
  • 1919 Buckley
  • 1924 Preston Brook
  • 1928 Laxey
  • 1932 Wigan
  • 1936 St Helens
  • 1944 Chester, Tarvin Rd
  • 1951 Wigan


Methodist Minutes 1952/153

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Comments about this page

  • My husband is the grandson of Thomas Dryden Phillipson and we were thrilled to find so much information about the family on this site. Helen Margaret, his daughter, is alive and well and will be thrilled to read all of this. We have a photograph of Thomas and one of his wife for your records, should you want them. We plan to visit the museum in the near future.

    By Ann Warren (20/07/2014)
  • Ann,

    Thank you for your comment. It would be great if you could e-mail a copy of the photos to the museum and we could add them to this page with appropriate acknowledgement.

    By Geoff Dickinson (20/07/2014)
  • Thank you for sending the photos which have been added to this page. When you visit Englesea Brook museum I will look forward to showing you the four Household Annuals compiled by the Phillipson family, which contain other references to Dryden.

    By Jill Barber (20/07/2014)

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