John Bradbury

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931

Photo:Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919


By Geoff Dickinson

Early years

John was born in 1867 at Derby, Derbyshire.


Wherever John ‘travelled’ he left his mark, not only on his churches and circuits, but upon municipal and social life. He not only served his own churches loyally, he fought the ‘peoples fight’ of righteousness and truth. Believing, as a ‘practical mystic,’ that the true minister should be the servant of all, and that the Kingdom of God on earth requires purity in public affairs, he did not hesitate to use the Press, or, as in Grimsby and Blackpool, by appointment, the Council Chamber, to ‘declare the whole counsel of God.’

John served as Secretary of the Candidates Examining Committee.

He wrote regularly for the PM Church magazines and was one of the men who helped to found the Primitive Methodist Leader. For a number of years John wrote a devotional article each week.


John married Gertrude Wain (1872-1957) in late 1895 at Derby, Derbyshire. Census returns identify three children.

  • Dora Wain (1898-1973)
  • Charles Gilbert (1900-1960) - a bank manager (1957)
  • Nellie Lyndall (1904-1983) – married John L Selvey in 1929

John died on 4 September 1936 at Blackpool, Lancashire.


  • 1890 Nottingham II
  • 1893 Goole
  • 1897 Sheffield V
  • 1899 Hull II
  • 1901 Grimsby I
  • 1909 Blackpool
  • 1916 Matlock
  • 1920 Middlesbrough I
  • 1924 Derby III
  • 1927 Derby III (Sup)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1919/708; 1931/268; 1932/693

Methodist Minutes 1937/185

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

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

This page was added by Geoff Dickinson on 02/07/2014.
Comments about this page

The font at Salem Methodist Church, Layton, Blackpool, has a memorial plaque reading "A Remembrance of the Minister under whose guidance this Church came first into being. Rev. John Bradbury, Blackpool 1909-16"

By Berenice
On 05/06/2017