Travelling preacher who left a legacy in Spalding

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Norman Leveritt, then curator of Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, wrote an article about William Booth for these newspapers in July, 1979.

William Booth was minister of the Free or Reformed Methodists in the Spalding Circuit from 1852 to 1854.

In the article, Norman quoted something that had appeared in these newspapers.

He wrote: “The circuit was then in a critical condition.

“William Booth infused such boundless energy into his two years’ work, that his enthusiasm proved contagious and when he left Spalding district in 1854 he had established a new organisation on a permanent and prosperous basis. It has never looked back since.”

Norman said that in William Booth’s time the large circuit covered an area from Boston to Holbeach Drove, via Spalding.

He wrote: “The only railway that existed was that from Spalding to Boston. The early ministers were ‘travelling preachers’ indeed and the circuit had to be traversed on foot, except when a kindly farmer took pity on the ‘poor parsons’.

William met his wife Catherine in Spalding.