Epworth is a small town in the northern part of Lincoln. It is the birthplace and childhood home of the Wesley family. Sameul Wesley was the vicar of the parish at St. Andrew’s Church. The village makes the most of its connection to the Wesley, as I doubt there would be any other reason to go. It is not particularly on the way to anywhere, so one would really have to want to get there. In preparation for my first trip, I left a message for a contact at the church. He left me a message on my answering machine, telling me who was and where he was from (‘Epworth, the home of the Wesleys’).
My first trip to Epworth was with the confirmation/membership class at Bamber Bridge (2005). My confirmation trip at 12 years old included an overnight to the Epworth-by-the-Sea United Methodist Retreat Center on St. Simon’s Island, GA, where John Wesley served as priest in the United States. Being so close to the real Epworth, I wanted the kids in my confirmation class to have a similar experience. And, I wanted to see Epworth, too!
So, today’s photos stick to the village itself. The town has set up a ‘Wesley Trail’ to highlight the significant sites in which pertain to the Wesleys, so there are more places than just the church and Old Rectory.