The father of the Chinese Methodist Church

Lockton, nr Pickering, North Yorkshire

Leading international missionary Reverend George Piercy spent most of his life in China but his important journey began and ended in Pickering.

Reverend Piercy is hailed as the Father of the Chinese Methodist Church. In 1851, the British Methodist Church sent him to China where he spent 31 years before returning to his birthplace. He died in 1913 and was buried in a private garden behind the Kirk Theatre in Pickering, close to where his story began. 

You can visit his headstone, now in the churchyard of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul in Pickering, and see an acknowledgement of his work at Beck Isle Museum in Pickering. Beck Isle museum houses over 60,000 objects and offers 27 themed rooms, each one filled with treasures and artefacts depicting local social history. There’s also an outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area to relax in. 

Pickering, in North Yorkshire, is easily reached by bus from the city of York, which is 2 hours north of London. 

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