Camborne (1814)




John Wesley only spoke in Cambourne around four times; probably because he spoke so many times inRedruth, Gwennap and Gwennap Pit which are all very close.

The 1814 revival touched the town and around two hundred were added to the Camborne society. This revival would have taken place in the chapel that was behind the Literary Institute that is shown in the first photo.

William Carvosso (see this website) visited Camborne towards the end of 1821 and revival began with the conversion of two brothers. He relates in his journal, 'This was the beginning of good days. Soon the prayer meetings began to increase, and the Lord poured out the Spirit of grace and supplication upon the people. While at Camborne, I strove earnestly to show leaders and people the necessity of being cleansed from all sin and of pressing into full salvation. I had the happiness of seeing many lay hold on Christ as their perfect Saviour.'

Revival came to Camborne in 1838. The minister of the circuit recorded, 'A revival of equal extent and depth I have never witnessed. Shortly after the Conference the congregations began to increase, until our large chapel was filled to overflowing. As near as I have been able to ascertain, for the last eleven weeks, we have had about one hundred conversions weekly.' This revival would have taken place in the 1828 chapel in the second photo. This chapel is at the top of Chapel street, the other end from where the old chapel was.

In 1862 William and Catherine Booth came to the town at the end of their 18 month Cornish tour. Between Redruth and Camborne there were 7,000 conversions.


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