Arthur Beavan

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1909


By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

Arthur was born in 1850 at Dulas, Herefordshire to parents William and Catherine. William was a carpenter and a local preacher in the Cwm circuit, but died when Arthur was only three years old.

Arthur joined the Church aged thirteen and became a local preacher at the age of sixteen.

Arthur earned his living as a tailor before entering the ministry.


His obituary records that his finest work for the Church was done during his six years at Reading. During those years there were many converts giving the impression of a continuous revival in the Church.

Arthur was no lover of ‘special occasions,’ and was seen at his best in the midst of the ordinary routine of the Church’s worship and ministry.

Arthur was a member of the Ministerial Candidates Examining Committee and Probationers’ Examining Committee. He also served on the Hartley College Committee for a number of years.

Arthur was appointed Secretary of Conference in 1912.


Arthur married Elizabeth Calvert (1852-1901) in the summer of 1876 at Hereford, Herefordshire. Elizabeth’s father was Thomas Calvert (1815-1881), who was a PM travelling preacher from 1835 to 1849, when he was forced to retire to Hereford due to ill-health.

Arthur married Eliza Annie Graham (1868-1951) in the spring of 1903 at Manchester, Lancashire.

Arthur died on 20 February 1922 at Horsham, Sussex.


  • 1872 Swansea
  • 1873 Bristol
  • 1875 Bath
  • 1877 Pontypool
  • 1879 Radstock
  • 1882 Blaenavon
  • 1885 Darlaston
  • 1887 Reading
  • 1893 Luton I
  • 1895 Hull III
  • 1898 Matlock
  • 1901 Manchester II
  • 1904 Manchester IX
  • 1908 Ossett
  • 1911 Manchester XI
  • 1913 Northampton
  • 1916 Fulham
  • 1918 Upton Park (S)
  • 1921 Horsham


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1904/490 (Elizabeth); 1909/45; 1922/731

PM Minutes 1922/249

W Leary , Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits , 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Note:    The obituary for Elizabeth closes with an unusual apology from the Editor for the lengthy delay in publishing the memoir.


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