Girl Preachers and Singers
Frances Storr and Gertie Brackenbury
Boy and girl preachers were a feature of Primitive Methodism from the 1820s. Anyone of any age, any gender, any race or any class who knew that God loved them, was encouraged to share their experience of God’s love.
Frances Bradley Storr was born in Doncaster in 1894, and this postcard dates from about 1904, when she would have been 10 years old.
Gertie Brackenbury was born in Doncaster in 1893, and often travelled with Frances Storr. In 1911 they are both described as Evangelist’.
Frances had an older sister Rose Bradley Storr (b 1892) who was also a girl preacher. She also appears in the 1911 Census as an ‘Evangelist’ with another girl called Florence Elkins, a girl singer.
Ruth Ellen Storer, born in 1895, also near Doncaster, was another girl preacher who was part of this group.