John Bakewell

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Born: 1721

Died: 18 March 1819


John Bakewell, born at Brailsford, Derbyshire, 1721. At about the age of eighteen, his mind was turned towards religious truths by reading Boston's Fourfold State. From that date he became an ardent evangelist, and in 1774 (the year of the first Methodist Conference) he began to preach. Removing to London some short time after, he became acquainted with the Wesleys, M. Madan, A.M. Toplady, J. Fletcher, and other evangelical men. After conducting for some years the Greenwich Royal Park Academy, he resigned in favour of his son-in-law, Dr. James Egan and employed much of his time in preaching at various places for the Wesleyans. He died at Lewisham, near Greenwich, March 18th. 1819, aged 98, and was buried in the Wesleyan burying ground connected with the City Road Chapel, London. Mr. Bakewell was the author of a few hymns, the best hymn being "Hail Thou once despised Jesus".

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