Statue of John Wesley, St Paul's Churchyard

The statue of John Wesley, St Paul's Churchyard is an outdoor bronze sculpture depicting the theologian, cleric and co-founder of the religious movement known as Methodism, John Wesley. The statue is located northwest corner of St Paul's Churchyard, London, England, and was erected in 1988.[1][2] It was cast from a sculpture created by Samuel Manning and his son between 1825 and 1849.[3]

On 24 to 26 May, 1738, Wesley worshipped in the nearby Chancel of the Cathedral.[4] The statue is 5 foot 1 inches high, Wesley's height in life,[2] and depicts him wearing a cassock and holding a bible in his left hand.[3] An inscription on the front of the plinth reads:[5]

By Grace ye are saved through Faith

John Wesley, Father of Methodism, 1703–1791, priest, poet, teacher of the Faith.

On the rear of the plinth is a plaque reading 'Property of Aldersgate Trustees of the Methodist Church – 17 September 1988'.[5]

Samuel Manning's original sculpture was in plaster and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825.[3] After Manning the Elder's death, his son recreated the sculpture in marble, and it is now situated in the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.[3]

See also


  1. "St Paul's Cathedral & Churchyard". Methodist Heritage. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  2. Margaret Baker (2002). Discovering London Statues and Monuments. Osprey Publishing. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7478-0495-6.
  3. "John Wesley (Statue), St. Paul's Churchyard". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  4. J. Keith Cheetham (2003). On the Trail of John Wesley. Dundurn. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-84282-023-0.
  5. "Statue: John Wesley statue". London Remembers. Retrieved 2014-09-23.

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