Taylor, Walter Louis (1858-1917)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916

Early years

Walter was born in 1858 at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. He was converted through the Sunday School and joined the Church in 1876.

After some experience as a hired local preacher, Walter was pledged by the General Missionary Committee and commenced his ministry at Worthing in 1880.


Walter had a preference for rural districts and spent 75% of his ministry in rural settings.

For many years Walter was a member of the General Sunday School Committee. For twenty-four years he edited the music page of the Christian Messenger. His musical compositions for Sunday School Anniversaries sold well.

Walter served as District Committee Secretary and as Secretary of the District Sunday School Committee.

Walter superintended the building of churches at Faringdon and Commercial Road, Tredegar.


Walter married Sarah Mitchell (b1866) in the spring of 1885 at Portland, Dorset. Census returns identify nine children.

  • Leonard Garfield (1886-1959) – a printer compositor (1911)
  • Maggie Eleanor (b1887)
  • Agnes Florence (b1889) – married Elijah Henry Bourne in 1912
  • Percy Stanley (1891-1985) – a telephone clerk (1911)
  • Edith E (b abt1893)
  • Dorothy Kate (b1895) – a draper’s apprentice (1911)
  • Harold Gregory (1897-1989) – a railway clerk (1915)
  • Osmand Llewellyn (b1898)
  • Freda Gwendoline (b1904)

Walter died on 7 September 1917 at Romsey, Hampshire.


  • 1880 Worthing
  • 1881 Gloucester
  • 1882 Weymouth
  • 1885 Motcombe
  • 1888 Brinkworth
  • 1891 Blandford
  • 1894 Faringdon
  • 1897 Cardiff I
  • 1900 Tredegar
  • 1903 Swansea
  • 1906 Blandford
  • 1909 Wilton
  • 1911 Andover
  • 1917 Romsey


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1916/294; 1918/288

PM Minutes 1918/281

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers



Transcript of article in the Christian Messenger 1911

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