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Church Trails - Isle of Axholme

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A visit to the Isle of Axholme is a step into a landscape that has changed radically in the past but still retains a unique identity. The Isle was once not one island but several, each separated by the untamed waters of three rivers set in daunting marshland. This insular landscape was reflected in the people who lived here: proud and self sufficient but swept along by the great currents of history. Here castles were besieged, breathtaking engineering undertaken, riots and sabotage erupted together with the birth of a major branch of the Christian faith – Methodism.

John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism, were born at the Old Rectory, Epworth and from humble origins they set about changing the world. As well as the Old Rectory, St. Andrew’s Church in Epworth has strong connections to the Wesley family and the attractive Wesley Memorial Methodist Church serves as a reminder of John and Charles’ significant work. Many of the Isle’s
churches also have stories to tell about the Wesleys, including St. Pancras Church at Wroot where John was curate and his father Samuel was rector.

Churches on the Trail include:

St. Oswald’s Church, Althorpe
All Saints’ Church, Belton
St. Martin’s Church, Owston Ferry
St. Pancras’ Church, Wroot

Download this 22 page booklet for further details on the above churches including other local places of interest as well as places to stay and a map of the surrounding area.

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