Thomas Cummin

Date published: 18/04/2017
© Newbury Weekly News 31 March 1887

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©Primitive Methodist Magazine (copy provided by Steven Carter)





The remains of the late Rev. T. Cummin were laid to rest in the cemetery in the presence of some three hundred persons.


The first part of the service was held in the Primitive Methodist Church in Bartholomew-street; at which an address was delivered by the Rev. D. Harding of Aylesbury, who said that Mr. Cummin was born in 1811, and was one of the earliest converts to Primitive Methodism in Hampshire. He came from a group of villages on the Hampshire Hills which had produced several men of great preaching ability who had entered the Primitive Methodist Ministry. Mr. Cummin was in the ministry 53 years, 32 years of which he was in more active service and 21 years as a supernumerary.


It was 41 years ago that he (Mr. Harding) first heard Mr. Cummin. He was then conducting a camp meeting in the Bath Circuit. His finely manly appearance, and his zeal and ability made a deep impression upon him. Mr. Cummin was a prince of preachers, and was never at a loss for a sermon, and never unready when his services were needed.


Mr. Harding gave some personal reminiscences of three successful years he spent in the Witney Circuit, with Mr. Cummin and Mr. Herridge as his colleagues, and paid a tribute to his fidelity. The Revs. T. Kench, G.C. Crickmay and J. Harding also took part in the obsequies.


Several wreaths were placed upon the coffin, and at the grave the hymn was sung:-

“Though often here we’re weary

There is sweet rest above;

the refrain of which is “There is a sweet rest in heaven.”


Among those present were friends from Hungerford, Reading, Swindon and other places. The funeral service will be preached on Sunday evening by the Rev. Joseph Harding.


Newbury Weekly News 31 March 1887

Mrs P p 4 no. 66

Missing years.



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