Old Shildon (1883)

Many and powerful have been the revival movements in Shildon and the circuit generally. One of the early missioners was the cultured John Delafield, of Appleton Wiske. In after years, William Booth, a Barnard Castle quarryman, and subsequently to that, Mrs Coates (nee Miss McKinney) were greatly used of God. It has been stated that about 600 persons professed conversion in the later upheaval, as many as forty or fifty being at the altar rail in one night. But even that must have been but a prelude to what took place in 1883-4, when Miss Weeks conducted services, and the whole neighbourhood was moved. The scenes were the daily theme of conversation everywhere, many of those most noted for wickedness in Old Shildon especially being renewed, and some of them are preachers of the word today.

‘Northern Primitive Methodism’ by W M Patterson, published 1909, page 82.

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