Methodist’s Loss – Mr George Taylor

November 1930

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 07 November 1930

Conisborough Methodists have suffered a great loss through the death of Mr. George Taylor, greengrocer, of Church Street, who died on Friday at the age of 75.

For over 60 years he had been connected with the Methodist cause, first at Bolton-on- Dearne and later at Conisborough. His wife survives him, and on March 8th of this year they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Two daughters and three sons also survive him.

Mr. Taylor, who was a native of Bolton-on-Dearne began work at the age of 10 at Thorley’s, manufacturers of crates at Bolton, and three years later went to Manvers Main, where he stayed for eight years.

When the Swinton and Knottingley line was constructed Mr. Taylor went to work on it and carried the first bricks for the erection of Bolton station. Later he was transferred to the Clayton cutting and then he went to live in Mexborough.

In 1890 Mr. Taylor and his wife came to Conisborough, where for seven years be made crates for Kilner Brothers. Thirty years ago he opened a greengrocery shop in Church Street, where he was still in business at the time of his death.

Mr. Taylor was only 16 years of age when the Wesleyan minister at Bolton asked him if he would like to address the Sunday School. After hesitation he consented, and then went into a field of turnips to arrange his elicit which he tried out on a flock of sheep, who apparently enjoyed the novelty, according to what he used to tell. On the day of the test be spoke for 40 minutes and since then he had been all over the country lecturing and preaching.

He had been Sunday School superintendent and a steward of the Primitive Methodist Church and was the proud possessor of a framed diploma presented to him by the P.M. Sunday School Union in 1927. The funeral took place at Conisborough cemetery on Tuesday.