Methodism in Poldark

Home » News » Methodism in Poldark
history-poldark-demelza-0717

Methodism in Poldark

So you've watched the brooding drama set in 18th-century Cornwall.
The books by Winston Graham and the TV adaptation demonstrate that you cannot tell the story of mining in Cornwall in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, without the story of Methodism in Cornwall. But how much of the current popular TV adaptation or the books reflect the truth of Methodism in the 1790s?

In Methodist chronology, Poldark Season 3 begins after John Wesley's death in 1791. By then Methodism was fairly well established and ordered, with 56,000 followers (which went on to peak at c1.5m in the nineteenth century). By the religious census of 1851, Cornwall was the most Methodist county in the country with 48% of worshippers in a Methodist church, and so out-numbering all the other denominations put together, including the Church of England (NB the next most Methodist county was Yorkshire, where 26% of worshippers were Methodist).

In Cornwall in 1798 there were five circuits (groups of Methodist meetings around which the ministers circulated) covering the county — Penzance, Redruth, St Austell, Plymouth and Launceston — with 19 ministers. There were 95 chapels, with two societies in their second chapel!

Go here to find the whole article

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

mini-lemon-almond-mince-pies
: Thu 12 Dec

Coffee and Carols at Wigan Road MethodistBetween 10am and 12noon Saturday 21st December A warm festive welcome awaits as we share together in some traditional and not so traditional Christmas carols and songs.all are welcome, refreshments will be...

ChristmasTree
AM: Wed 11 Dec 10:31am

On Friday 13th December at Bag Lane Methodist Church, "Christmas Tree Social"Games,dancing and singing.Come and have some pre Christmas fun! Refreshments on sale followed by sale of gifts from the tree. Admission...

ticket, event, pass, tickets, cinema
AM

Glazebury Film Club — Saturday 14th December film starts at 6.30pmAn Elf's Story: The Elf on the ShelfChippy is assigned to a family that includes a boy who is questioning the magic of Christmas. When Chippy finds the assignment a bit challenging, his good friends, Santa, and an unexpected child help him remember why his job is important!Great fun for all the family.Free to watch...