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Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Birmingham: Photo 19

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The entrance is decorated with scenes from the life of John Wesley. The event shown here is a rectory fire in 1709. Here's Wikipedia on the incident: "Some time after 11:00 p.m., the rectory roof caught on fire. Sparks falling on the children’s beds and cries of "fire" from the street roused the Wesleys who managed to shepherd all their children out of the house except for John who was left stranded on the second floor. With stairs aflame and the roof about to collapse, Wesley was lifted out of the second floor window by a parishioner standing on another man’s shoulders. Wesley later quoted Zechariah 3:2, "a brand plucked from the burning," to describe the incident. His childhood deliverance subsequently became part of the Wesley legend, attesting to his special destiny and extraordinary work."

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