Spedding, Robert Kewley (1890-1961)


Robert was born 23 October 1890 at Clayton le Moors, Lancashire, to parents William Spedding, a PM minister, and Mary Jane Kewley.

Before entering the ministry Robert was a bank clerk (1911).  Robert served in the Tank Corps in WW1.

He became a Unitarian minister after leaving the Methodist Church.

He married Llynn Bannister (1894-2001) in the summer of 1918 at Grimsby Registration District, Lincolnshire. Birth records identify three children.

  • Brian Harold (1920-1994)
  • Colin Raymond William (1925-2012) – chairman of UK Register of Organic Food Standards (1987-99); knighted in 1994
  • Mona I (b1926) – married Herbert C Gatehouse in 1957

Robert died on 28 May 1961ay Pant Derw, Betws-y-coed, Caernarfonshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1914 Cleethorpes
  • 1915 Chaplain H.M. Forces
  • 1919 Shotley Bridge
  • 1921 Skelmersdale
  • 1923 Cannock
  • 1927 Liverpool I
  • 1932 Luton I
  • 1937 resigned


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

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