Before I went on holiday, a church member said that she and her family were going to Cornwall for the week. Being the Metho-nerd that I am, I immediately suggested they visit Gwennap Pit, which is near Truro. For a moment, it didn’t strike me that others may not be looking for Methodist sites on their holidays like I do. They were actually interested and said they would check it out. I have not idea if they got the chance, but will ask them!
Anyway, I began to think about all the photos I have of Methodist sites around England and knowing there are a few Metho-nerds who would interested in this sort of thing, I thought I would start a series of Methodist Sites I have visited. I will begin with Gwennap Pit!
Gwennap Pit is a mine shaft that caved in, making a sort of outdoor amphitheatre. John Wesley saw the benefit to this and put it to use as a preaching place! He preached here 18 times.
Evidently, dogs and cyclists do not make good Methodists (sorry Dave!).
The stone rings were an added feature in the 1800s to make a memorial to John Wesley. The original pit was just that – a pit.
Whilst there is no church here, they continue to hold services (even weddings) here. I think I saw a photo in the museum where the minister presiding at the wedding was dressed as John Wesley. Then again, that may have just been one of the festivals where the guy was Wesley at a re-enactment of some sort.
So, I will have a dig around iPhoto and see what I can find for next week!