Picturing history: Penwortham, Lancashire

Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Penwortham is a town situated south of the city of Preston in the county of Lancashire, England. It is separated from Preston by the River Ribble. As a place of settlement, it dates back to prehistoric times. During the first mission of Latter-day Saints to England a number of converts to the LDS Church came from Penwortham.

Kenneth Mays,

Penwortham is a town south of the city of Preston in the county of Lancashire, England. It is separated from Preston by the River Ribble. As a place of settlement, it dates back to prehistoric times.

During the first mission of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England, a number of converts to the church came from Penwortham. Probably the best-known of those converts is William Clayton, and the light-colored inn (as seen in the photo) was built before he was born. Following the return of Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde to America, Clayton served in the presidency of the British Mission with Joseph Fielding and Willard Richards.

Clayton subsequently emigrated to America and served as a clerk to the Prophet Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Ill. He served in a similar capacity to President Brigham Young during the Mormon exodus to the West.

While camped at Locust Creek in Wayne County, Iowa, William received word that his wife, back in Nauvoo, had given birth to a healthy son. It was at that time that Clayton penned the words of "a new hymn," now known as "Come, Come Ye Saints."

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