Aldersgate Memorial Replica

The John Wesley’s Conversion Place Memorial in London is located above Aldersgate Street, near the entrance to The Museum of London, by the line of Nettleton Court. Here the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, had his well-known heartwarming experience on May 24, 1738. On its face without comment is John Wesley’s own account of the day, Wednesday, May 24, 1738,

“I think it was about five this morning, that I opened my Testament on these words, ‘Thou are not far from the kingdom of God,’ In the afternoon I was asked to go to St. Paul’s. The anthem was, ‘Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice…’ “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my Heart strangely warm’d. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for Salvation: And an Assurance was given to me, That He had taken away my Sins, even mine, and saved me from the Law of Sin and Death.”

The London Conversion Place Memorial was created by British Methodist layman and architect, Martin Ludlow. This quarter-sized copy was commissioned by Jimmy Davis and given to the Museum to honor his wife, Fleeta.