John Wesley passed through the town twice in 1753 and once in 1787. He did not preach in either of his first visits. It was twenty years before he visited the town again, stopping off in August 1787, en route to the Channel Islands. He stayed two nights and preached in “Mr Faye’s schoolroom”. The Fay family was instrumental in setting up a congregation in Southampton before Wesley’s visit in 1787.

John Wesley

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Further reading:
'John Wesley’s Visits to Hampshire and the Island', by Michael Dawney, in Hampshire, Vol. 31, No. 6, April 1991, p50. (H/y)
'A Little Society at Southampton: John Wesley Passes Through', 1787, by Vicky Green, in Southampton Local History Forum Journal, No. 10, Spring 2003, p26. (HS/h); available online at the Southampton Local History Centre Website as Shorter Articles No. 1
Story of St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sholing, by Jim Brown, p7-11. (HS/j)


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