Not far away is another house associated with John Wesley, with very special trees. Chrome Hill was originally owned by the Wolfenden family who came to Lambeg from Brunswick in 1603, founding mills and living in what was then named Harmony Hill. The house and mills were sold in 1815 to Mr Richard Nevin who […]
The Wesley Trees
John Wesley is one of the greatest figures in church history of recent centuries. A loyal member of the Church of England, he nonetheless became the founder of the Methodist Church. His special mission was to preach Christianity to the working population, people whom he considered to be ignored by the conventional clergy of the 18th century.
In particular, John Wesley was a travelling preacher throughout the British Isles who made a series of trips to the North of Ireland. He had good friends in the Lagan Valley, preaching to workers in the mills which then dominated commercial life in the area.
This yew Taxus baccata europeaus is beside a delightful small historic house on the outskirts of Derriaghy. The original entrance steps and pillars lead into the front garden, and beside them is the Wesley yew. It can be seen without entering this private garden. It is known that John Wesley preached here on 16th June […]