Courtesy of Charles Wesley's House

Charles Wesley's House

Former family home of the great Methodist hymn writer, arranged as it would have been in the 1700s

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Tucked away in a corner of Bristol’s busy city centre is a red-brick Georgian building that was once a haven for creativity, religion and family life. The building now stands as a monument to its most famous inhabitant, Charles Wesley.

Wesley, who is considered by many to be the world’s greatest hymn-writer, lived here between 1749 to 1771 with his wife Sally and their children. Along with his older brother, John, Wesley was the co-founder of the Methodist movement and wrote over 6000 hymns, many in this house.

To complete the visit, take a short 5-minute walk to the New Room - the world’s oldest Methodist building which was founded by Charles and John Wesley. 

Did you know?

Charles Wesley was known as 'the greatest hymn writer of all time'. Two of his children were also musical prodigies: Charles Wesley Jnr was organist to the royal family, and Samuel became known as the 'English Mozart'.


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