Taylor, William (1852-1923)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Early years

William was born in 1852 at North Waltham, Hampshire to parents James and Sophia. Both parents were local preachers. James was a blacksmith.

It was in 1866, after having gone to London as an apprentice to Mr E.H. Hurd, printer and publisher, that William gave himself to Christ and joined the Sutton Street Society. Business duties brought him into contact with the ‘Bookroom’ and into touch with the Connexional leaders of the time.

Returning to Hampshire, he soon became a local preacher and was recommended for ministry by his native circuit. William, his parents and a grandfather all appeared on the same plan.


William did his ‘fair share’ of chapel building; the most important undertaking being the Bethesda schools in Hull III, at a cost of over £4,000.

His obituary records that his preaching was high-toned, fervid and practical. Many were led into the Kingdom and into the higher reaches of Christian life through his influence.

After superannuation, William first resided in Bath, but two years later moved to Marnhull, Dorset.


William married Elizabeth (b abt 1856) circa 1877. Census returns identify one daughter.

  • Maud Elizabeth (b1878)

William died on 28 July 1923 at Marnhull, Dorset.


  • 1872 Tredegar
  • 1874 Brynmawr
  • 1876 Penzance
  • 1878 Bath
  • 1880 St Austell
  • 1882 Mangotsfield
  • 1884 Pontypridd
  • 1886 Frome
  • 1889 Northampton I
  • 1891 Brynmawr
  • 1894 Mountain Ash
  • 1896 Motcombe
  • 1899 Hull III
  • 1902 Radstock
  • 1905 Gillingham
  • 1908 Newbury
  • 1909 Bath (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909/465; 1924/138

PM Minutes 1924/286

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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