Charles Wesley
(1707-1788)

Died aged c. 81

Charles Wesley (/ˈtʃɑːrlz ˈwɛsli/ or /ˈtʃɑːrlz ˈwɛzli/; 18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, most widely known for writing more than 6,000 hymns. Born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, Wesley was the son of Anglican cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna Wesley, the younger brother of Methodist founder John Wesley and Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley the Younger, the father of musician Samuel Wesley and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Wesley was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where his brothers had also studied, and formed the "Holy Club" among his fellow students in 1729. John Wesley later joined this group, as did George Whitefield. Charles followed his father and brother into the church in 1735, and travelled with John to Georgia in America, returning a year later. In 1749, he married Sarah Gwynne, daughter of a Welsh gentleman who had been converted to Methodism by Howell Harris. She accompanied the brothers on their evangelical journeys throughout Britain, until Charles ceased to travel in 1765. Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained.

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

Charles Wesley 1707-1788 divine and hymn writer lived and died in a house on this site, and his sons Charles 1757-1834 and Samuel 1766-1837 musicians also lived here

1 Wheatley Street, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom where they lived and died (1788)

Adjoining this site stood the house of John Bray, scene of Charles Wesley's evangelical conversion May 21st 1738

13 Little Britain, EC1, London, United Kingdom where they had an evangelical conversion

The upper storey of this building was the meeting place of York Methodists from 1753 to 1759. John Wesley, Charles Wesley and George Whitefield preached here on several occasions during that time. The actual room which the Methodists occupied was destroyed by fire and replaced by the present room about the year 1880.

Newgate, York, United Kingdom where they preached

On this site John & Charles Wesley first preached in Cork and here stood the 2nd Methodist Chapel built in Ireland (1752) John Wesley made his last visit here 1789

Mercy Hospital, Grenville Place, Cork, Ireland where they preached

West Street Chapel 1700 leased by Methodists 1743-1798. WMHS John and Charles Wesley preached here frequently

24 West Street, WC2, London, United Kingdom where they preached

This tablet is erected to the glory of God in commemoration of the Evangelical Conversion of the Rev. John Wesley, M.A., on May 24, 1738. (This site of the meeting room of the Religious Society was probably 28 Aldersgate Street). And of the Rev. Charles Wesley, M.A., on May 21, 1738. The site of the house is near St Batholomew's Hospital. (No12 Little Britain). Erected by the International Methodist Historical Union. May 24 1926.

Aldersgate Street, London, United Kingdom where they was