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Welcome to Epworth Old Rectory. A visit to this impressive grade 1 listed Queen Anne building set in beautiful gardens will transport you back into early 18th century life and introduce you to the remarkable family who lived here.

This is the home in which the rector of Epworth Samuel Wesley, and his wife Susanna, brought up their sons John and Charles Wesley (the founders of Methodism) in their childhood years.

As you tour the Old Rectory under the guidance of our trained staff you will see how people lived in the early 1700s: come through the front door into the impressive entrance hall, visit Samuel's study and Susanna's kitchen, enjoy the space of the family drawing room, see the family bedrooms and then spend some time in the peaceful gardens.

The history of 18th century England is brought to life here, and you can learn about the huge influence the Wesleys had on it. John was not only a preacher and writer, but was active in many social spheres ranging from prisons to slavery, from education to herbal medicines. His brother Charles was the greatest of English hymn writers, many of whose 7,000 hymns are still popular today.

There's plenty for all the family at Epworth, so step back in time and experience the gentle tranquillity of this Lincolnshire town and its Old Rectory which brought to birth such an amazing family.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.


Open at specified timesTours for groups and schoolsNot accessibile to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: 1 Rectory Street , Epworth, North Lincolnshire, DN9 1HX

Opening Times: March, April & October: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-3:30pm; Sunday 2:00pm-4:30pm May-Sept: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-4:30pm; Sunday 2:00pm-4:30pm November: Saturday 10:30am-3:30pm

Contact: 01427 872268 or

Directions: M180 J2. Take A161 south to Epworth. In Epworth follow the brown museum or Old Rectory signs. Turn left at the traffic lights, straight up through the town centre, past the market cross, up Albion Hill and round a left hand bend into Rectory Street.

Grid Reference: SE 787 035 GB Grid


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