Hurrell, Elizabeth

She was converted under the ministry of the Rev. John Berridge of Everton. John Wesley approved of her preaching and she travelled extensively in Yorks, Lancs and Derbyshire. She corresponded with John Wesley and with other women preachers. William Warrener is said to have been one of her converts. In 1775 there seems to have been a confrontation between her and Joseph Benson, one of the leading opponents of women's preaching. Around 1780 she decided to give up her preaching and moved to London. She was buried on 13 March 1798 in the crypt of Wesley's Chapel.

  • John Wesley, Letters, vol. 6
  • Z. Taft, Biographical Sketches of ... Various Holy Women, vol. 1 (1825) pp.175-81
  • P.W. Chilcote, John Wesley and the Women Preachers of Early Methodism (Metuchen, 1991) pp.156-9, 270-1