Murton (1860)

As Joseph Hall tells it, the beginning of the great revival at Murton is a striking story. Fired with the Spirit of God, a group of men started to sing at Easington Lane Chapel door, one Sunday evening and marched as they sang, saying they would go where the Lord would lead them. They proceeded to a plantation, prayed for several hours among the trees, and very early on the Monday morning they arrived at the door of Murton Chapel. Taylor Ramsay, the leader of the "assailants," explained to Thomas Hunter a man of power in several senses and to the alarmed people that the Lord had sent them. "We ve been singin an prayin aal neet," he continued; "the Lord is gannen tae de a greet wark for the salvation iv sowls in this big colliery. Please open the cheppil door." It got spread about the rows and down the pit that Ramsey and his men were praying in the chapel, and many hastened thither. The "invaders" had a high day, and the work spread, Messrs. Fenwick, Drummond, and Hallam being at the front that winter, when nearly two hundreds persons were converted.

‘Northern Primitive Methodism’ by W M Patterson, published in 1909, page 268.

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