The photograph on one possible front cover of this book, now in the process of being written, shows me in strong Primitive Methodist country – the Yorkshire Wolds – in the course of an enjoyable walk with my son, Matthew Dinsdale. But the sunshine was replaced by a gathering mist, and in the picture I am walking into an unknown and unseen future. The grassroots members of the Primitive Methodist churches were in a similar situation in the years following the study set out in my book Change and Decay (q.v.). This proposed third volume, following on from The great River and Change and Decay, will trace and explore the survival of earlier Primitive Methodist ethos and faith, both within the post-1932 Methodist Church of Great Britain, and outside, in church and individual.
This preview of the book, not yet written, is added to the website with an invitation to offer information and reminiscences which can contribute to the search for these survivals.