Where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism preached and rested...

Wesley Cottage

Wesley Cottage is situated in Trewint near Launceston in Cornwall, UK
…where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism preached and rested.
In Cornwall, UK, the busy A30 road carries visitors from Launceston to Bodmin and beyond.  Near Five Lanes is the hamlet of Trewint with a place all its own in the Wesley Story.”

Wesley Cottage - the story

One Summer day in 1743, two of John Wesley’s advance agents, John Nelson and John Downes, tired and hungry, asked for refreshment at a house with a stone porch, the home of Digory Isbell, a Journeyman Stonemason. In his absence his wife, Elizabeth, entertained the two strangers who insisted on paying and then knelt and prayed – “without a book!” The story of these unusual visitors, with such unusual ways, was told to Digory on his return.

A year later John Wesley himself, wet and weary, was entertained in the Stonemason’s house and left a rich blessing behind. One evening Digory Isbell read in his Bible of the Shunamite woman who built a Prophet’s Chamber for a man of God. This passage seemed to Digory to contain a direct divine command, and he immediately set about building an extension to his house, two rooms, one up and one down, which could be used by John Wesley and his preachers whenever they were in the district.

Trewint became a flourishing Methodist Society, but when other chapels were opened the Trewint rooms fell into disuse and eventually became a roofless ruin. In 1950 the Isbell house and the Wesley rooms were suitably restored and opened to the public.

Every year in May Wesley Day Celebrations are held at the cottage. The rooms are also believed to be the smallest Methodist preaching place in the world.

The A30 road symbolises the stress and strain of modern life. Digory Isbell’s house at Trewint calls the soul to prayer and peace. For those who will linger and listen there, voices will speak of the riches of yesterday providing a thrill for today and a challenge for tomorrow.

Wesley Days at Trewint

A Typical Wesley Day – Events
Third Sunday in May:  
4pm Preach from the Porch
6.30pm Worship in Altarnun Parish Church
Following Wednesday:
7.30-8.30pm Exploring a Wesley Sermon
7.30-8.30pm Exploring a Wesley Sermon
7.30-8.30pm Exploring a Wesley Sermon
7.30-8.30pm Exploring a Wesley Sermon

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

John Wesley

Events at Wesley Cottage

Regrettably Wesley Cottage is temporarily closed due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Summer Opening in Normal Times
(1st May to 31st October)
Wesley Cottage is open, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. wesleycottage@live.co.uk or telephone: 01566 880265.

Winter Opening
(1st November to 30th April)
We will be delighted to welcome you by prior arrangement. To organise a mutually convenient time for your visit please email: wesleycottage@live.co.uk or telephone: 01566 880265

Study Days, Quiet Days and Bible Reading Days take place regularly at the Cottage. Please do check back for future dates when we are allowed to reopen.

Please remember places are limited on our study days so advance booking is essential (telephone 01566 880265 and leave a message or email wesleycottage@live.co.uk . Although there is no set charge to attend donations are welcome and lunch is provided.

For details of ‘The Friends of Wesley Cottage’ contact the Curator on 01566 880265

Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.

John Wesley

John Wesley - his life

John Wesley an English theologian and evangelist, was a founder of Methodism.

Wesley was born in the rectory at Epworth, Lincolnshire, on June 17, 1703, the 15th child of the British clergyman Samuel Wesley.

He was educated at Charterhouse School and Christ Church, University of Oxford. He was ordained as a deacon in 1725 and admitted to the priesthood of the Church of England in 1728. For a time John Wesley acted as curate to his father.

In 1729 he went into residence at Oxford as a fellow of Lincoln College. There he joined the Holy Club, a group of students that included his brother Charles Wesley and, later, George Whitefield, who was to become the founder of Calvanistic Methodism.

The club members adhered strictly and methodically to religious precepts and practices, among them visiting prisons and comforting the sick, and were thus derisively called “methodists” by their schoolmates.

Methodism… a way of life
A Methodist Way of Life is a way of living. It is how we try to live our lives in response to God’s love, made known to us in Jesus.
Like the early Christians in Acts 2.42-47, we seek to express what it means to follow Jesus in the regular, practical actions of worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism. This life is built on what Methodists have always done, since the days of John Wesley, in trying to follow Jesus and live out the Christian faith – just as those first followers in Acts did.
The commitments of A Methodist Way of Life remind us of, and provide a compass for, Christian living.

Visiting Wesley Cottage

Wesley Cottage provides a unique visitor experience set in an 18th Century Cottage and Chapel which is thought to be the smallest Methodist Preaching place in the world. Visit the cottage and enjoy hearing the story of the first Methodist Preachers visiting Cornwall and calling at Wesley Cottage. See the ‘Wesley Room’ where John Wesley prayed and slept, with its display of 18th Century artefacts and enjoy a peaceful time of reflection in the tiny Chapel. Complimentary Light Refreshments are normally available.

For details of ‘The Friends of Wesley Cottage’ contact the Curator on 01566 880265.

wesleycottage@live.co.uk : 01566 880265

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