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William Shent (d.1787)

William Shent was one of the earliest Methodist converts in Leeds, Yorkshire. A wig-maker by trade he allowed his shop to be used by visiting preachers including John Wesley and was instrumental in the building of the 'Old Boggart House' chapel in 1751. He travelled as an itinerant preacher in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for part of the year from 1745 to 1753.

After his business began to fail, he started to drink heavily and was finally expelled from the Society that he had founded. John Wesley engineered his reinstatement and employed him in the Book Room in London for the rest of his life.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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