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William Blow (fl.1743)

William Blow was a cordwainer of Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Blow and his wife Elizabeth were among the first Methodists in the area. Blow heard John Wesley preach at Epworth in 1743 and invited the Evangelist to visit Grimsby. Wesley was unable to go, but sent the preacher John Nelson in his place. Blow allowed his home to be used by Nelson for the first class meetings to be held in the town and Elizabeth Blow was later instrumental in the introduction of Methodism to Hull.

Source: Rev. George Shaw, Old Grimsby (1897), pp.231-232, and George Lester, Grimsby Methodism (1743-1889) and The Wesleys in Lincolnshire (1890), pp.16-17, 48-49

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