Being first of all in the Darlington branch, many of the pioneers were heard in the streets of Bishop Auckland. John Oxtoby held a memorable lovefeast there on April 24th, 1825. "It was a good time," he says ; " many were sanctified, and filled unutterably full of glory and of God." Other societies must have been well represented at that lovefeast, for the class in the town had only six members then. From that service, however, a revival must have proceeded, for in June there was a membership of fifty; and Oxtoby tells in glowing terms of a service in September, where the sanctifying and converting power was present.
‘Northern Primitive Methodism’ by W M Patterson, published 1909, page 94.