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Wesley Cottage, Trewint (aka Digory Isbell's Cottage)

On their first trip to Cornwall with John Wesley in 1743, two of his companions, John Nelson and John Downes, stopped at stonemason Digory Isbell's cottage to seek hospitality.

They were welcomed by his wife, Elizabeth. Nelson called again as he was leaving Cornwall and reportedly preached to some 300 people.

After that Wesley was also a regular lodger, and so Digory Isbell added a two-room 'Prophet's Chamber' to his cottage where Wesley and his preachers both stayed and preached.

The lower room of the Chamber is thought to be the smallest Methodist preaching place in the world.

Today Wesley Cottage is open for visitors and contains eighteenth-century furnishings and displays of Wesleyana.

A wide variety of retreat and study days are held throughout the year. See th website or contact Wesley Cottage for details.

Additional visitor information
Complimentary light refreshments normally available
Tours by the Curator normally available
Peace Garden and Prayer Garden 
Recently refurbished upper room
Very limited parking
Traditional Methodist services by prior request
Activities for children available
Limited disabled access (contact Curator for details)

Also nearby
Altarnun village and church, where Elizabeth and Digory Isbell are buried. The old Methodist chapel in the village (1795, enlarged 1836) is today a private dwelling, but indicated by a bust of John Wesley over the doorway, carved by eminent sculptor, Nevil Northey Burnard, when just 18. Burnard's birthplace adjoins the chapel.

Wesley Cottage Wesley Day Celebrations

Wesley Day Celebrations are held in May each year to mark John Wesley's Conversion on 24th May 1738.  
'Preach from the Porch' normally on Sunday nearest 24 May (see for further details).



Near Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7TG

Summer Opening
1st May to 31st October Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm  
Groups welcome by prior arrangement.               Winter Opening: 1st November to 30th April by advance appointment (email          
Tel: 01566 880265

Friends                                                     Contact the Curator as above.

Getting there [SX 220804]
: 9 miles west of Launceston. Leave A30 at road signed 'Five Lanes' and/or 'Altarnun'. Beyond the underpass, turn left into Trewint.

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