James Ridall (d.1823)
James Ridall entered the itinerancy in 1785 and laboured in the North of England until superannuation in 1815. He retired to New Mills near Stockport where he died after a short but severe illness.
Ridall was described in his Conference obituary as a 'man of genuine and deep piety...His abilities as a preacher were not great; yet on account of his unaffected lowliness of mind, his uniform devotedness to God...he was always esteemed by the people among whom he worked'.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1823 and An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers...1739-1818 compiled by Kenneth Garlick