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A miniature bust of one of the forefathers of Methodism is now at Epworth Old Rectory.

The stone bust of Alexander Kilham was spotted at auction by Epworth Methodist Minister the Rev David Leese.

Kilham was born in 1762, the son of an Epworth linen weaver. A preacher for John Wesley, he went on to form the Methodist New Connexion in 1797 and is thought to have died from exhaustion aged just 36 in 1798.

The Rev Claire Potter, curator at Epworth’s Old Rectory Museum, said: “The Old Rectory has been able to purchase the bust for £930 thanks to a generous grant from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s Purchase Grant Fund and donations given by the Friends of Epworth Old Rectory.”

The new bust will be central to a special display when the Old Rectory re-opens on March 1.




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