Dixons and Buddles
   
 
Methodism from Barnard Castle
 
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Barnard Castle is a wonderful small town in County Durham. It's a real piece of English history, with a ruined castle dominating a beautiful site.

 
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The town has the Tees running past it, and this powered the carpet mills that flourished in the 18th and 19th century. The second William Dixon became the partner of Monkhouse, a prominent carpet manufacturer. He became a strong methodist, and his tomb may be found in the graveyard

 
  He lived in the lower part of town, near to the carpet mill, now called Cheeseborough House, available as a B&B
 
The town has a fine methodist chapel at the top of the high street, with several Dixon memorials in it.
William Dixon II had a daughter Sarah, who married the Rev. Thomas Buddle.
Thomas and Sarah sailed in a famous voyage to New Zealand in the first methodist ship purchased as a mission ship. The story of the voyage, and a biography of the couple, will shortly be re-published, but the files may be seen on the following links:
Rev. Thomas & Mrs Buddle's Biography
The Voyage of the 'Triton' carrying the Buddles to New Zealand

Rev. Buddle's entry in the NZ Dictionary of National Biography.