Otherwise known as 'Magic Methodists'), they were a group in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, under the leadership of James Crawfoot, a local preacher and mystic. At service held in his home people fell into trances and claimed to experience visions in which preachers admired in their circle were shown in a certain hierarchy. They believed that spiritual power could be called down by prayer and conveyed by the laying on of hands. Crawfoot exercised a strong influence on Hugh Bourne and William Clowes, who regarded him for a time as a spiritual mentor. However, the visions of the Forest Methodists were short-lived and little was heard of them after 1811. They represented a phase in PM development which passed as Bourne started to teach that grace and power could be present without spectacular gifts.