The Portrait of William Lewis

The Portrait of William Lewis

William Lewis, a hosier of High Street, was a friend and benefactor of the early Methodist Society. He was a member of the Presbyterian congregation at Great Meeting and an admirer of John Wesley. His High Street house (now named Highcross Street) had been licensed for worship, so he generously allowed the Methodists to use it. This portrait in oils has been in the possession of the Methodists for many years. In the nineteenth century it hung in the manse (minister’s house) at 12 Bishop Street. It was later moved into the minister’s vestry, which now also serves as the Heritage Room.