From John Wesley’s visits till its formation in 1872 and its first purpose-built chapel in 1875


Wesleyan Methodism first came to Dummer and Basingstoke in 1738 and 1739 in the person of John Wesley, but faded out a number of times; eventually it came again from Andover, and was established in 1872. The Booklet looks first at the reasons why Wesley and his co-workers largely ignored northern Hampshire. It then looks at the coming of the movement to the area.

The next chapter looks at Wesleyan Methodism after Wesley: its changed character, with information about some of the early Hampshire preachers, and the ‘family history’ of the circuits leading to the formation and spread of the Andover Circuit from 1818, including to villages close to Basingstoke.

It then focuses on the town of Basingstoke, the final (and now successful) attempt from Andover to plant a permanent society, with some of the personalities involved, the acquisition of the first Wesleyan chapel in Potters Lane, and the first purpose-built chapel.

The author’s grandfather and father were local preachers in the Circuit, and he himself began his preaching in the Circuit (in Oakley) in 1965. He holds the degrees of MA from Cambridge University in Modern and Medieval Languages, and M Phil from the University of Chester in early Methodism in northern Hampshire.

The pdf which you can download (see below the photographs) contains several more photographs as well as a good deal of history. Here are three photographs given to me by my father, Dinsdale Thomas Young, who worshipped at Church Street and who features in each of them. They are (from top to bottom) the Methodist football club, the men’s class, and the band (in the sense of musical band, not the old early Methodist band meeting). My father moved to Basingstoke in 1929; the photographs are undated, but probably 1930s or 1940s.

B'stoke Meth FCCh St men's classCh St Meth musicians



You can read or download a PDF of this booklet from the following link; please feel free to use it or to pass it on, unaltered and with its source acknowledged: Wesleyans 1738-1875