Mary Fletcher
(1739-1815)

woman and deaconess

Died aged c. 76

Mary Bosanquet Fletcher (/ˈboʊzənˌkɛt/; 12 September 1739 – 8 December 1815) was an English preacher credited with persuading John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, to allow women to preach in public. She was born into an affluent family, but after converting to Methodism, rejected her luxurious lifestyle. Bosanquet was involved in charity work throughout her life, operating a school and orphanage until her marriage to John Fletcher. She and her friend Sarah Crosby began preaching and leading class meetings at her orphanage and would become the most popular female preachers of their time. Bosanquet was known as a "Mother in Israel", a Methodist term of honour, for her work in spreading the denomination across England.

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On this site stood "The Cedars" wherein Mary Fletcher, Nee Bosanquet, resided 1763 - 1768. Erected by the L.U.D.R.A. 1909.

Adjacent to Leytonstone High Road Methodist Church, Lister Road, Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1763-1768)