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Wesleyan Home Missions Gospel Car in the Memorial Gardens in about 1907/1908

The Methodists were very strong in 1900s in Quorn, as they were in many places. This photograph shows a Wesleyan Home Missions Gospel Car in the Memorial Gardens in 1907 or 1908. At this time, ie before WW1, this area was called the 'Little Green'. it did not become the Memorial gardens until after WW1.

The first Wesleyan Methodist Gospel Mission Caravan was dedicated in 1886 in Selby in Yorkshire. This impressed the Revd Thomas Champness, who was at that this time editor of the ‘Joyful News’ newspaper. He immediately started an appeal for the first ‘Joyful News Gospel Mission Car’. The aim was to pass on the Gospel in a rural setting, which would then be carried into the towns and cities. In 1896, the jurisdiction of the cars was passed to the ‘Home Missions Committee’ and the number of Gospel Mission Cars continued to increase. Their heyday was in the period 1890 to 1907, during which time there were up to 30 cars - then in 1904 they moved their base from Rochdale to Cliff College at Calver in Derbyshire. Each car had a number and a name. By examining this photograph carefully, it can be seen that above the door it says ‘Gospel Car No 1 Faith’. The use of Gospel Cars gradually declined, and by 1921 there was only one left in service.

Thanks to Tom Norgate for getting in touch with the museum team and providing background information about Gospel Mission Cars.

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 Submitted on: 2011-11-24
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 1440
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