Winfield, Robert

Born at Amberston, near Derby, and converted c.1797. After three years with the MNC he returned to WM until expelled in 1814 for attending a camp meeting. He was a PM itinerant until 1819, when he left to found a connexion of Methodist Revivalists, which soon encompassed 12 circuits, 30 itinerant preachers and 4-5,000 members. Chapel debts and inexperienced preachers caused the Winfieldite movement to collapse after six years and Winfield to return to his Derbyshire farm. He joined the MNC in 1836 and remained a local preacher in their Derby Circuit until his death.

  • MNC Magazine, 1852 pp.633-8
  • Colin C. Short, in WHS Proceedings, 53 pp. 93-102