Friday, September 25, 2015

A Visit to Old Street - EC1Y 1AU

On a recent preparation day, 15 Sept, we visited an area of London that has significance for early missionary work. It was on Tabernacle Square near Old Street that Heber C. Kimball, Wilford Woodruff, and George A. Smith preached to a crowd of 400 people and where the first convert in London, Henry Connor, was baptized 31 August 1840 in nearby Peerless Pool.

By February 1841 there were 46 converts in London and the London Conference (Mission) was organized with young Lorenzo Snow as President. From this small beginning in London, Preston and other areas of Great Britain by 1850 there were 34,000 members of the Church compared to 12,000 in America.

Bunhill Fields Burial Ground - favored by nonconformists, the cemetery contains the graves of many notable people including John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim's Progress; Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe; William Blake, artist, poet, and mystic; Susanna Wesley, known as the "Mother of Methodism" through her education of sons John and Charles.
Statue of reformer, John Wesley, in front of the Wesley Chapel, on Old Street. The Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is across the street.
Inside the Wesley Chapel

Walkway around the side of the chapel
John Wesley's grave is behind the Wesley Chapel

Inscription on the Wesley grave marker

Dilapidated building next to the Wesley Chapel which was recently purchased by the LDS Church to be the site of a future meeting house

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