No other College in Oxford can claim to have have so deep and enduring a connection to the ‘father’ of Methodism than Lincoln College.
John Wesley was elected a fellow in 1726. He lived, studied and taught there. Meetings of the Holy Club almost certainly took place in his rooms. He preached in the chapel and donated gifts to the college.
The College is open to visitors most afternoons. There is no admission charge. Visitors will be able to walk through Front Quad and Chapel Quad where you can see the Wesley Room, which was refurbished with funds from the United Methodist Church in 1927 as well as the Chapel where he preached. If the College is closed you can look over the front quad from the entrance area next to the porters’ lodge and take in the bust of John Wesley installed on the college wall.
Lincoln College has a unique Methodist Collection which consists of archive papers, silverware, books and ceramics and other Methodist ephemera. Further details can be found on Lincoln College’s Wesley Online Exhibition.
John Wesley resigned his fellowship on his marriage in 1751, as was necessary at the time.
For full details of John Wesley’s time at Lincoln College see Chapter 13 of Vivian H H Green’s magisterial work The Commonwealth of Lincoln College 1427 – 1977 published by OUP 1979