With Robert Wilson, Canon Thomas Dundas Harford-Battersby decided to promote a religious convention in Keswick in 1875. He sent out invitations to three days of “Union Meetings for the” Promotion of Practical Holiness” to christians of every section of the church of God. The first meeting was in a tent in the grounds of the parsonage (now the Bishop of Carlisle,s Residence), beginning with a prayer meeting on the evening of Monday 28th June 1875 and finishing on the Friday. Over 400 people attended. The next month July 1875 a tent was erected in Eskin Street. From these humble beginnings the Keswick Convention has flourished and continues each year in Keswick today.
Some of the services and events are held in Keswick St John over the Convention period. Click here to see the Keswick Convention Website.