- William Lees (1825-1905) was born in Oldham, Lancashire. He joined the Wesleyan Church at an early age and at eighteen became a local preacher. In 1848 he entered the ministry from the Great Bridgewater Street Circuit in Manchester. Lees was a successful Circuit minister for forty years. The Bingley Circuit in Yorkshire, experienced a great revival in 1865 during his time there and he was instrumental in promoting the construction of Trinity Chapel in Stockport. He retired to Ashton on Ribble near Preston in 1888. Source: Minutes of Conference 1905.
From Hayle in Cornwall, to [William] Lees in Tunstall, Staffordshire. If God spares him so long, he will visit Tunstall on Sunday March 5. 'Old ties get broken here and there, but as long as God permits, we will hold together'. He has not much stationing influence left, but he will do his best to help secure Lees his preferred place.