What's New

'Putting the Hearth back into the Home' has begun. This is the first of the development work to restore the chimney and fireplaces in the entrance hall and fore-kitchen.

Many discoveries are being made - why not come and see. Also major conservation work is being carried out to the walls, roof and windows externally. To follow the progress, see our Facebook page.

We have produced video footage and information about our 'Welcome Home' development project.

The Grounds

The Rectory is set in peaceful grounds. Some is still maintained as a croft where heritage breeds of livestock graze. There is also an established lawn area, perfect for picnics, a heritage orchard and wildflower garden, a vegetable area and the Physic Garden. Here the plants that John Wesley used in his book of home-spun remedies 'Primitive Physic' are growing click here for more information.

Coming Soon

Wed Jan 8 2014
to Wed Dec 3 2014

Events Calendar for 2014

Fri Apr 25 2014

Quiz

Sat May 24 2014

Wesley Day Rally

Mon May 26 2014

Wesley Spring Fair

Sat Jun 7 2014

Summer Soiree with Strawberries

Sat Jul 19 2014

Summer Craft Fair

Sun Sep 14 2014

Heritage Open Day

Events Page

Welcome to Epworth Old Rectory

A visit to this impressive Grade 1 listed Old Rectory built in Queen Anne style in 1709, will transport you back to life in the early 18th century and introduce you to the remarkable family who lived there.

This is the home in which the Rector of the parish of St. Andrew, Epworth, Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna brought up their sons, John and Charles Wesley, who went on to develop the Methodist movement, with their seven sisters and elder brother Samuel.

Come and visit the Old Rectory and see how the Wesley family lived and learn about the influences of their early life here. The history of 18th century England is brought to life here and you can learn about the huge influence the Wesleys had on it.

Other things to do

You can also visit the shop selling books and other items relating to Epworth Old Rectory and the Wesley family. There is also a special exhibition every year which you can experience as part of the tour of the house, or separately. In addition there are second hand books on sale which raise funds for the development of Epworth Old Rectory.

Catering can be arranged for groups click here for details and a range of other activities are also available click here for details.

While you are in Epworth, you can also follow the Wesley trail. See details of other sites in the town relating to the Wesleys and the development of Methodism.

Help us to care for the Old Rectory

The Old Rectory Epworth is a registered charitable trust (number 1140335), and like every charity, we need your support to help us look after the house and collections for today’s visitors, and secure them for future generations.    Donations are vital, and we are immensely grateful to you for your interest and support - click here to support us.

Words of Wesley

Help me, O God, to fortify my mind with patience, submission and renewed repentance, Enable me to live so as to deserve a friend, and if I never have one on earth, be Thou my friend.

Susanna Wesley

Opening Times

March, April & October

Tuesdays to Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays

10:30am - 3:30pm


May to September

Tuesdays to Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays

10:00am - 4:30pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Plan your visit

Welcome Home
Development Project

Current work is the first phase of a very exciting project to enable the Wesley story to communicate more effectively to as wide an audience as possible through the 'Welcome Home' development project.

Would you like to help to make this vision a reality? We would be grateful for any donations - Donate to Epworth Old Rectory.

Epworth Old Rectory, 1 Rectory Street, Epworth, North Lincolnshire DN9 1HX
Telephone: 01427 872268 - Registered Charity Number: 1140335 - Admin