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 love-feast 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 love-feast, 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.