Methodism came to Ormskirk through the missioning of the Rev. Thomas Taylor, one of John Wesley’s hand-picked Preachers. Through his work, a Chapel was set up in Moor End Street, but was abandoned after riots and opposition of the “rabble”.
A room was fitted out by the Independents (Congregationalists) but forced to close through Anglicans and violent mob opposition. Ormskirk was “attacked” again by the Methodists through the preaching of the Rev. Adam Clarke, who preached from the Fish Stones in Aughton Street.