Small illustration of Old Epworth Rectory, Epworth, Lincolnshire, John Wesley's childhood home.
Originally a large thatched building dating to at least the 1600s, the Rectory burnt down in a catastrophic fire in 1709. This almost cost John's life, but his near miraculous escape convinced his mother Susanna that her son was the biblical 'brand pluck'd from the burning' and destined for great things.
One of a set of three framed small prints in the Collection illustrating buildings with a close connection to Methodism's founder, John Wesley (1703-1791). See also 1992/137/7 and 1992/137/9.