Tinn, Christopher (1856-1935)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915

Early years

Christopher was born on 14 December 1856 at Jarrow on Tyne to parents Thomas and Mary. Thomas was a coal trimmer.

His boyhood was spent under the ministry of the Methodist New Connection, of which church his mother was a loyal member. Christopher was attracted to the Primitive Methodist Church chiefly by its famous choir, which he joined. He was converted in a revival conducted by Rev T Brodie. He soon became a local preacher.

Christopher spent some years living at Gateshead with his uncle Matthew Robson, who took an interest in his mental and religious development. Under the guidance of Rev Robert Clemitson, Christopher entered the Sunderland Institute in 1878.


His obituary records that his work was marked all through the years by an intensity, which left its impress upon every circuit where he laboured. Most of his work was done in busy town and city circuits. Twelve years were spent in the Forest Road Circuit in Nottingham, in which city he passed the twenty years of his retirement. In both periods, Christopher responded generously to the civic and religious demands of the city.

He was a faithful minister, a devoted pastor, and a loyal friend. He was a keen student to the end, and the whole of his ministry was marked by an evangelical fervour that amounted to a passion.


Christopher married Margaret Jane Birbeck (1863-1940) in the summer of 1885 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Arnold Birbeck (1890-1962) – a student (1911); became a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society in 1927
  • Gladys Mary (1897-1992) – married Walter Jackson in 1922; married Joseph J Perkins in 1947

Christopher died on 18 September 1935 at Woodthorpe, Nottinghamshire.


  • Sunderland
  • 1879 Nottingham I
  • 1881 Rotherham
  • 1884 Sheffield IV
  • 1886 Derby I
  • 1888 Rugby
  • 1891 Oldham I
  • 1894 Bootle
  • 1897 Ramsey
  • 1900 Nottingham III
  • 1906 Huddersfield
  • 1908 Walthamstow
  • 1912 Lincoln I
  • 1915 Nottingham III
  • 1918 Nottingham (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1915/127; 1916/510

Methodist Minutes 1936/183

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Biography of Arnold Birbeck Tinn  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1256/wea.59.04/asset/200560407_ftp.pdf;jsessionid=2076D53D2269CD636452FF6A895F7639.f02t03?v=1&t=hvdzzw6i&s=e4d177f545f518520d8a4bf71a543e113b57594a


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