Philip Doddridge’s Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
© 2019, Graham Ward. All rights reserved.
Philip Doddridge’s Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
© 2019, Graham Ward. All rights reserved.
The Declaration of Indulgence granted by Parliament in 1672 allowed for the licensing of nonconformist ministers and meeting houses. The records provide an insight into the widespread support across Northamptonshire at this time. The records have been published in two booklets in 1875 an 1912. Extracts from both are reproduced below, together with a summary of the records themselves.
Written specially for the Northampton Mercury, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1875 From the original documents in the Record Office, with notes.
by John B. Marsh
Though not generally known, it is a fact that in the Public Record Office, London, there exists a complete list of the founders of Nonconformity in England and Wales. Among many thousands of big brown paper bundles, containing memoranda relating to the domestic History of England during hundreds of past years, is one filled with scraps of paper on which names only are written. There are nearly 8,400 in all; and they are the names of those who in 1672 were licensed to preach, or licensed to have preaching in their houses. This was ten years after the Act of St. Bartholomew was put in force, by which several thousands of godly ministers were ejected from their Church livings, and. formed the first body of Nonconformist ministers. For ten years, notwithstanding the moat fearful persecutions, the ejected maintained their independence. Now the time had come for a respite, and the process by which it was effected created the list still preserved. Charles II, instigated by some of his advisers Parliament not sitting at the time constituted the Nonconformists a power in the State, by conferring upon them civil rights and religious liberty. This was effected by issuing what was called a Declaration of Indulgence; all the penal laws in operation against them were suspended, and they were directed to apply forthwith for licenses to secure themselves from the troubles they had endured in the past. Applications were sent to Whitehall, that old palace of the Kings, which was the scene of most of his revels, and of which a fragment only, now remains. Here in a leathern sack, hidden away in some cellar, the precious list of names survived the disasters which befell the palace by fire and water; and after the lapse of nearly two centuries have been brought to light once more. This list has never yet been published, either as a whole or in part. Such a task was surrounded with many difficulties: the names were without order and difficult to read. To be of use it was necessary, first, to copy the whole; then arrange them in the order of counties; afterwards to place the names in alphabetical order; and, finally, selecting such as were ejected in 1662, to write a few lines of biography for each. The following are the names relating to Northamptonshire. It will be noticed that many of the places are spelt in a strange way. They are exact copies of the originals, and it was not desirable, therefore, to introduce the modern spelling. The abbreviations used are as follow: O.H., own house; P., Presbyterian; C., Congregational; B., Baptist; A., Anabaptist; I., Independent.
A close examination of the list will reveal many interesting facts. For instance, Thomas Came preached the Baptist faith in one village and Presbyterian principles in another. Lady Pickering also allowed a Presbyterian to preach in her house one day and a Congregational preacher on another.
The fate of the Indulgence was soon sealed. As soon as Parliament met in 1673, it was withdrawn, on the ground that the King had no right to suspend penal statutes in matters ecclesiastical.
by F. Ives Cater, 1912
In Northamptonshire (including Market Harborough and Bowden) 44 ministers were licensed (21 Presbyterian, 19 Congregational, and 4 Baptist), and 74 meeting places (38 Presbyterian, 34 Congregational, and 2 Baptist).
By far the larger part of the Northamptonshire licences were applied for and received by Nathaniel Ponder on behalf of the various persons and places concerned, Probably he was connected with the Rothwell Congregational Church, for John Ponder was one of the first elders there, and Susannah Ponders house in Rothwell was licensed. John Browning, the second minister of that church, and the one licensed in 1672, married Susannah Ponder as his second wife. The licences for Northampton, Wellingborough, Kettering and all the middle part of the county, were obtained through Nathaniel Ponder. Those of Daventry were applied for by Robert Steele. Some for the north of the county came through Thomas Taylor.
We now proceed to give a complete list of all ministers and places licensed in Northamptonshire. The letters “C” and “P” placed after the names indicate “Congregational” and “Presbyterian” respectively. Of the forty-five men ejected from Northamptonshire pulpits in 1662, twenty two remained in the county, and were licensed in 1672. It is worthy of notice, however, that with the exception of Maidwell of Kettering, Resbury of Oundle, and Courtman of Thorpe Malsor (a family chaplain), all of them had removed from the town or village where they originally ministered an indication, forcible enough, of the effect of the Five Mile Act. (Floyd of Woodford removed to Ipswich, and then returned).
The Indulgence was cancelled, under pressure of Parliament, in 1673, and the licences were recalled in 1675, but the results for nonconformity were permanent. Sir John Reresby, writing at the time, describes it as ” the greatest blow that ever was given, since the Kings restoration to the Church of England; all sectaries by this means repairing publicly to their meetings and conventicles, insomuch that all the laws and care of their execution against these separatists afterwards could never bring them back to due conformity.” The two or three years breathing space it secured enabled nonconformists to organize themselves, and to recover the position lost during the period of rigid repression. More persecution was to follow before legal toleration was granted them, but henceforth they were too strong for repressive measures to be successful in putting them down,. In the episcopal return for 1675 it is asserted that “many left the Church upon the Indulgence, who before did frequent it.” That is to say, many who from fear of persecution, had adopted occasional conformity now took courage to worship with their brethren. A large number of nonconformist churches existing to-day date their formation and continuous life from the Declaration of Indulgence of 1672.
In Northamptonshire the following churches can claim a consecutive existence from 1662 to the present day, viz., Rothwell (1655), Kettering, Market Harborough, Northampton (Doddridge), Oundle, Weedon, Wellingborough; and possibly Daventry and Kilsby. Ashley, Geddington, and Yardley Hastings date from 1672.
|Parish||Preacher or Meeting House||Denomination||Notes|
|1||GREAT ADDINGTON||House of Samuel Whitbye||P|
|2||ADSTONE||ROBERT ALLEN (ejected from Norton)||P|
|House of Edward Hardy, Esq.||P|
|3||ASHBY ST LEGERS||WILLIAM BUTLER (ejected from Hazlebeach)||P|
|House of William Butler||P|
|4||GREAT BOWDEN||NICHOLAS KESTIN (ejected from Gumley, Leicestershire)||P|
|House of Nicholas Kestin||P|
|House of John Heath||C|
|5||LITTLE BOWDEN||House of James Taylor||P|
|6||BRAFIELD ON THE GREEN||CHRISTOPHER STANLEY||C|
|House of Christopher Stanley||C|
|7||BRIGSTOCK||House of Edward Brookes||C|
|8||CRANFORD||NATHANIEL WHITING (ejected from Aldwinckle)||C|
|House of Nathaniel Whiting||C|
|9||CRANSLEY||HENRY WILLES (ejected from Loddington)||P|
|House of Henry Willes||P|
|10||DAVENTRYÿ||JAMES CAVE (ejected from Crossthwaite)||P|
|DANIEL WILLIAMS, D.D. (silenced in 1662, and here received a "general" licence)||P|
|House of James Cave||P|
|House of Widow Manley||P|
|House of John Hawtyn||P|
|House of Allen Linzey||P|
|11||DENTON||GEORGE BIDBANCKE, M.A. (ejected from Scotto, Norfolk)-||C|
|12||DOGSTHORPE||House of Walter Slye||P|
|13||DUNCOT||RALPH PUNNE, at the house of John Overton||C|
|(See Green?s Norton)|
|House of William Holt||Anabaptist|
|House of Baxter Slyes||P|
|15||GEDDINGTON||VINCENT ALSOP (ejected from Wilby)||C||Vincent Alsop, M.A.,was ejected] from the Rectory of Wilby. He was imprisoned for six months at Northampton for praylng with a sick person. This was the only occasion he was imprisoned. Many informations were afterwards sworn against this, but they failed in their object through Ignorance of Mr. Alsop?s Christian name. He died in 1703.|
|House of Vincent Alsop||C|
|Application was also made for a licence for "the schoole house," but this was not granted|
|16||GREEN?S NORTON||House of Ralph Punne (see Duncot)||C|
|House of Rebecca Mulsoe||C|
|17||HIGHAM FERRERS||TWYFORD WORTHINGTON, at his own house||P|
|18||ISLIP||JOHN SEATON (ejected from Twywell)||P||John Seaton was ejected from the Rectory of Tywell, and afterwards he established a school at Islip.|
|A "general" licence.|
|19||ISHAMÿ||JOHN BAYNARD (ejected from Burton Latimer)||C|
|House of Robert Gray||C|
|20||KETTERING||JOHN MAIDWELL (ejected from Kettering)||C||John Maydwell, MA., was ejected from the Rectory of Kettering. Sir Thomas and Lady Alston were amongst his best friends. He was once imprisoned for Nonconformity, and on several occasions escaped arrest by adopting a disguise. In 1692 he died, aged 83.|
|THOMAS PERKINS (ejected from Burley, Rutland)||P|
|House of John Maidwell||P||Maidwell was first licensed to preach in Widow Cooper?s house, and afterwards applied for a licence for his own house In the actual licence it is incorrectly endorsed "Presbyterian"|
|House of Widow Cooper||C|
|21||KILSBY||STEPHEN FOWLER (ejected from Crick)||P|
|House of Stephen Fowler||P|
|22||KINGS CLIFFE||House of Thomas Broome||C|
|23||MARKET HARBOROUGHÿ||MATTHEW CLARKE (ejected from Narborough)||P||"It is desired by Matthew Clarke of the Presbyterian Persuasion, living at Market Harborough in Leicestershire, that he may be Licensed to preach in any Licensed Place"|
|House of William Hartshorne||C|
|House of Robert Basse||P|
|House of Thomas More||P|
|In the Episcopal Returns for 1669 we have an earlier glimpse of nonconformity in Market Harborough It is reported that there are about 100 Presbyterians "of the middle sort" (ie station in life) and the "Heads or Teachers" are returned as "Mr Matthew Clarke Chaplaine formerly to Colonell Hacker, Thomas Lang dale, Mr Browning an ejected minister, and Mr Shuttlewood"|
|The return for Great Bowden reads: "About 200 Presbyterians" " of the better sort," Teachers "Matthew Clarke and Mr Shuttlewood, one Mr Southall an ejected minister, Mr Kestyn ejected out of the vicaridge of Gumley, Mr Langdale formerly Curate of Bowden Magna, Mr Wilson ejected out of the vicaridge of Foxton" This valuable information deepens our regret that the returns for Northamptonshire have not been found.|
|24||MEARS ASHBY||THOMAS ANDREWS (ejected from Wellingborough)||P||Thomas Andrews was ejected from the vlcarage of Welllngborough. He afterwards frequently preached at Lady Tyrrel?s.|
|House of Thomas Andrews||P|
|House of William Garrett||P|
|25||NASSINGTON||WILLIAM OLIVER (ejected from Glap. thorne)||P||William Oliver was ejected from a church at Glaptborn. For several years he acted as chaplain to Lady Norcliff. He died in 1686, aged 72.|
|House of William Oliver||P|
|House of John Oliver||P|
|26||NEWTON||House of John Mansell||C|
|House of Robert Maunsell||P|
|27||NORTHAMPTON||RICHARD HOOKE (ejected from Creaton)||P||Richard Hooke was ejected from the Rectory of Creaton, and afterwards established a school.|
|JOHN HARDING (?ejected from Melksham, Wilts)||P|
|House of Richard Hooke||P|
|House of John Harding||P|
|House of John Clark||P|
|House of Valentine Chadock||P|
|House of Robert Mastey||C|
|House of Samuel Wolford||C|
|28||GREAT OAKLEY||" MR. FRANCIS DANDY In ye mansion house of Mrs. Margaret Brooke ."||P|
|29||OUNDLE||RICHARD ROSBURY (ejected from Oundle)||C||Richard Rosbury resigned the Vicarage of Oundle six weeks before Bartholemew day arrived. He subsequently practised physic, and preached as opportunity served.|
|ROBERT WILD (ejected from Aynho)||P||Robert Wilde, D.D., was ejected from the Rectory of Ayno. He is said to have been a very worthy, as well as a very serious-minded, man. There were two candidates for-the Rectory, Dr. Wilde and someone else, and each preached a sermon to the parishioners before a choice was made. After his appointment, the Dr. was asked whether he had been chosen. He replied, "We have divided it; I have got the Aye,? and my opponent the No.?" He died in 1679. aged 70.|
|House of Richard Resbury||C|
|House of Robert Wild||P|
|House of Thomas Fownes||P|
|House of Mary Briton||P|
|House of Isaac Spence||Anabaptist|
|House of William Shipps||P|
|House of Barnaby Knowles||P|
|House of John Bladwick||P|
|31||POLEBROOK||" MATTHEW ORLEBAR to be a Pr. Teacher in his house in Polebrook."||P|
|House of John Morton||C|
|33||ROTHWELLÿ||THOMAS BROWNING (ejected from Desborough)||C||Thomas Browning was ejected from the vicarage of Desborough, and was imprisoned for preaching, in Northampton Gaol. He died in 1685.|
|House of Thomas Browning||C|
|House of Susannah Ponder||C|
|Application was also made for "Mr Thomas Browning in a place called ye Nunery in Rothwell " result not stated|
|34||RUSHDEN (?Rushden or Rushton)||House of Mr. Woleston||C|
|House of Samuel Sturgess||P|
|36||SIJLGRAVE||House of Thomas Haycock||P|
|37||THORPE MALSOR||JOHN COURTMAN (ejected from Thorpe Malsor)||C||John Courtman, B.D., was ejected from the Rectory of Thorp Medsworth. He afterwards preached in the house of the patron of the living, and practised physic with great success.|
|House of John Mansell||C|
|38||TITCHMARSH||HENRY SEARLE (ejected from Cranford)||C|
|NATHANIEL WHITING (ejected from Aldwinckle)||C||Nathan Whiting, MA., was ejected from the Rectory of Aldwinckle. The Earl of Peterborough offered him his choice of three livings if he would conform, but he courteously refused.|
|Whiting was licensed for Titchmarsh in addition to Cranford because Henry Searle died about April, 1672|
|In" ye mansion house of ye Lady Pickering"||C|
|George Fowler in "ye house and barn of James Cole".||C|
|39||TOWCESTER||House of Charles Gore||C|
|40||TWYWELL||ROBERT EKINS (ejected from Trinity College, Cambridge)||C|
|House of Mrs. Elizabeth Mulsoe||C|
|42||WAPPENHAM||ROBERT ROGERS, at his own house||P|
|42||WARMINGTON||JOHN ROWLETT (ejected from Sudborough)||P||John Rowlett was ejected from the Rectory of Sudborough, but continued preaching until his death.|
|"Ye mansion house of Mrs. Anne Elmes "||P|
|House of John Billing||P|
|44||WELFORD||House of Henry Steele||P|
|45||WELLINGBOROUGHÿ||MR. STRICKLAND NEGUS (ejected from Irchester)||C|
|House of Richard Barnes||C|
|"A Large Roome Adjoining to and belonging to ye house of Richard Atkins ".||C|
|Application was also made for "Mr Vincent Alsop in a certaine room over ye schoole in Wellingborough " but this was not granted; Mr Alsop received one for Geddington, and could use it in Wellingborough|
|46||WILBARSTON||House of Thomas Aldwinckle||C|
|47||WOLLASTON||THOMAS BRETT in "John Morice his barn ".||C|
|THOMAS EDMONDS in John Brook?s house-C.||C|
|48||WOODFORD||WILLIAM FLOYD (ejected from Woodford)||C||William Floyd was ejected from a living at Woodford. lie practised physic, and was commonly called Dr. Floyd.|
|House of William Wells||C|
|49||YARDLEY HASTINGS||House of John Neal||C|
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While there were a number of first-class poetesses in the 18th century, female theological writers from that era are a distinct rarity. This makes the literary legacy of the Calvinistic Baptist, Anne Dutton (1692-1765), extremely significant.
Anne Dutton, née Williams, was born in Northampton to godly Congregationalist parents. In her late teens she began attending an open-membership Baptist church in the town, pastored at the time by John Moore (d.1726).
There, in her words, she found fat, green pastures, for Mr. Moore was a great doctrinal preacher. As she went on to explain: the special advantage I received under his ministry was the establishment of my judgement in the doctrines of the gospel. It was in this congregation that she was baptised as a believer.
Influenced by Hyper-Calvinists?
When she was twenty-two she married a Mr Cattell (his first name does not appear to be known) and moved to London. While there, she worshipped with the Calvinistic Baptist church that met at premises on Wood Street, Cripplegate. Founded by Hanserd Knollys (1599-1691), this work had known some rough times in the days immediately before Anne came to the church.
David Crosley (1669-1744), pastor of the work from 1705 to 1709, had been disfellowshipped for drunkenness, unchaste conduct, and lying to the church about these matters when accused.
Crosley had been a powerful evangelist in the Pennines with his cousin, William Mitchel (d.1705), whose life and ministry we will look at next month. Many years later, he would again know some usefulness in the Lords work. But in the 1710s, he had lost all credibility. The sorrow and sense of betrayal and consternation in the church must have run deep.
It was not until 1714 that the church succeeded in finding a new pastor. John Skepp (d.1721), a member of the Cambridge Congregationalist Church of Joseph Hussey (1659-1726), was called that year to be the pastor.
Now Hussey is often seen as the father of Hyper-Calvinism. In his book Gods Operations of Grace but no Offers of Grace (1707), he asserted that offering Christ indiscriminately to sinners is something that smacks of creature-co-operation and creature-concurrence in the work of salvation.
Skepp himself published but one book, and that posthumously. In his Divine Energy: or The Efficacious Operations of the Spirit of God upon the Soul of Man (1722) he appears to have followed Husseys approach to evangelism.
It is sometimes argued that Anne Duttons exposure to Hyper-Calvinism at a young age shaped her thinking for the rest of her life. If so, it is curious to find her rejoicing in the ministry of preachers like George Whitefield (1714-1770) in later years. If Anne did have Hyper-Calvinist leanings, they were not such as to prevent her from appreciating deeply what God was doing through men like Whitefield.
Skepp was an impressive preacher. The overall trend in the church during his ministry was one of growth. There were 179 members when he came as pastor in 1714. When he died in 1721, church membership had grown to 212. And Anne delighted in his quickness of thought, aptness of expression, suitable affection, and a most agreeable delivery.
About 1720 Annes life underwent a deep trial as her husband of only five or six years died. Returning to her family in Northampton, she was not long single. Her second marriage in the early 1720s was to Benjamin Dutton (1691-1747), a clothier who had studied for vocational ministry in various places, among them Glasgow University.
Ministry took the couple to such towns as Whittlesey and Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, before leading them finally in 1731 to Great Gransden, Huntingdonshire.
Under Duttons preaching the church flourished. On any given Sunday the congregation numbered between 250 and 350, of whom roughly 50 were members. This growth led to the building of a new meeting-house, which can still be seen in the village.
Benjamin perished at sea, however, in 1747. He had gone to America to help raise funds to pay off the debt incurred in the building of the meeting-house. The ship on which he was returning foundered not far from the British coast.
Widowed for the second time, Anne was to live another eighteen years. During that time the fame of her primitive piety became known in Evangelical circles on both sides of the Atlantic. The words cited are those of Baptist historian Joseph Ivimey (1773-1834) and referred to her New Testament-like spirituality.
She had been writing for a number of years before Benjamins demise. After his death a steady stream of tracts and treatises, collections of selected correspondence, and poems poured from her pen.
Among her numerous correspondents were Howel Harris (1714-1773), Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon (1707-1791), William Seward (1711-1740), George Whitefield, and Philip Doddridge (1702-1751).
Harris was convinced that the Lord had entrusted her with a Talent of writing for him. When Seward, an early Methodist preacher who was killed by a mob in Wales, read a letter from her in May 1739, he found it full of such comforts and direct answers to what I had been writing that it filled my eyes with tears of joy.
And Whitefield, who helped promote and publish Annes writings, said after meeting her that her conversation is as weighty as her letters.
But she wrestled with whether it was biblical for her to be an authoress. In a tract entitled A Letter to Such of the Servants of Christ, who May have any Scruple about the Lawfulness of PRINTING any Thing written by a Woman (1743), she maintained that she wrote not for fame, but for only the glory of God, and the good of souls.
To those who might accuse her of violating 1 Timothy 2:12, she answered that her books were not intended to be read in a public setting of worship, which the text was designed to address.
Rather, the instruction that her books gave was private, for they were read by believers in their own private houses. She asked those who opposed women writers to Imagine then when my books come to your house, that I am come to give you a visit and the opportunity to patiently attend to her infant lispings.
What if some other women authors had used the press for trifles? Well, she answered, Shall none of that sex be sufferd to appear on Christs side, to tell of the wonders of his love, to seek the good of souls, and the advancement of the Redeemers interest?
She was not slow to critique theological positions she felt erroneous. For instance, she was a critic of John Wesley and his brand of Evangelical Arminianism, though her criticism was never abusive. In addition to a number of letters to Wesley, she wrote a booklet entitled Letters to the Reverend Mr. John Wesley against Perfection as Not Attainable in this Life (1743).
The Lords Supper
One of her best pieces is a devotional study of the Lords Table, Thoughts on the Lords Supper, Relating to the Nature, Subjects, and right Partaking of this Solemn Ordinance, which was published anonymously in 1748.
It clearly reveals Calvinistic Baptist piety at its best. Not a dram of new covenant-favour, she writes, was to flow to the heirs of promise, but thro the death of Jesus. This Christ-centredness and cross-centredness permeates the entire treatise.
To give but one further example: O what a wondrous draught, she declares near the beginning of the book, what a life-giving draught, in his own most precious blood, doth God our Saviour, the Lord our lover, give to dying sinners, to his beloved ones in this glorious ordinance.
For Anne and, one suspects, many of her fellow Baptist Dissenters, the Lords Supper was a Royal banquet which infinite love hath prepared. In fact, so high is her view of the Supper that she considers it the nearest approach to his glorious Self, that we can make in an ordinance-way on the earth, on this side [of] the presence of his glory in heaven.
This language may sound extravagant to some, but it reveals, I believe, something of the spiritual intensity that was available to Dissenting congregations in the mid-eighteenth century.
In fact, one of the few negative effects of the Evangelical Revival may well be the way in which this spirituality was diluted in the rush to make churches primarily centres for evangelism.
A personal word
Though most of Annes works survive now in only a few copies, they are well worth the effort of finding and reading. This writer can testify to the rich time he spent one October morning last year on a train trip from Bedford to Gatwick Airport, reading some of Annes letters.
I had been given a copy of Annes Selections from Letters on Spiritual Subjects (compiled and published in 1884) by Mr Nigel Pibworth of Biggleswade, and despite the press of the commuters that morning, I was gripped by the spirituality of her prose. Hopefully this brief introduction to her life will prompt a renewed appreciation of her legacy and spirituality.
The author would like to thank Mr Pibworth for the gift of a number of other sources that also helped immensely in the writing of this article.
Northamptonshire was the focus of substantial growth in this group of Dissenters during the mid 18th century. Most well documented are the origins of the Northamptonshire Baptist Association in 1763, from which the Baptist Missionary Society traces its origins.
The chapels shown on this map are all classified as Baptist but are from two groups, the Missionary Baptists or “Fullerites” and the Strict Baptists.
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Source: Census 1841. Dissenting Ministers and Clergy in Northampton from data supplied by Alan Clark. Note, these are not all Nonconformist ministers.
|Place||Name||Age||Occupation||Born in county||Born in Scotland, Ireland or Foreign Parts|
|ALBION PLACE||NORTHAMPTON||WILLIAM||GRAY||60||BAPTIST MINISTER||N|
|CATHOLIC BISHOPS HOUSE||NORTHAMPTON||ALPHOUSE?||ARRANGER||35||CATHOLIC PRIEST||N||F|
|SAINT EDMUNDS END||NORTHAMPTON||SAMUEL||HORNBUCKLE||65||CLERGYMAN||N|
|LOWER END||KINGSTHORPE PARISH||ROBERT||WOODWARD||35||CLERGYMAN||N|
|ROYAL TERRACE||NORTHAMPTON||JOHN||THORNTON||30||CURATE OF ALL SAINTS||N|
|KING STREET||NORTHAMPTON||WILLIAM||JARROM||25||DISSENTING ? (MINISTER ?)||N|
|BACK LANE||KINGSTHORPE PARISH||GEORGE||ASHMEAD||35||DISSENTING MINISTER||N|
|ST MARYS STREET||NORTHAMPTON||JOHN||BENNETT||35||DISSENTING MINISTER||N|
|BRIDGE STREET||NORTHAMPTON||WILLIAM||JONES||20||DISSENTING MINISTER||N|
|VICTORIA TERRACE||NORTHAMPTON||RICHARD||TUNLEY||25||DISSENTING MINISTER||N|
|WATERLOO||NORTHAMPTON||EDMUND||PRUST||30||MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL||N|
|TODDS LANE||NORTHAMPTON||WILLIAM||HALES||40||WESLEYAN MINISTER||N|
|BRIDGE STREET||NORTHAMPTON||JOHN||JULIAN||25||WESLEYAN MINISTER||N|
|BRIDGE STREET||NORTHAMPTON||ROBERT||LEWIS||21||WESLEYAN MINISTER||N|
Here are some additional resources and links relating to Baptist History both in Northamptonshire and elsewhere in the UK.
Byepaths in Baptist History by J. J. Goadby, published in 1871.
The State of the Baptist Churches in Northamptonshire in 1814 by Andrew Fuller.
Baptist Churches in Cambridgeshire a list compiled by Janet Hurst
There are two UK based Baptist historical societies:
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by Andrew Fuller, from his Works, volume 3, page 481 – 483
This article also appears in the Baptist Magazine June 1813 page 228 – 233, preceded by the following list of churches.
The following is according to the best of my knowledge a correct list of the Baptist churches in Northamptonshire, with the names of their pastors at the present time.
|Buckby, Long||W Steans|
|Burton Latimer||J Presland|
|Middleton Cheney||R Davis|
|Weston by Weedon||R Clark|
Besides these there are three or four small societies, but which, either on account of their principles, or conduct, are not generally acknowledged, or at least have not fallen under the observation of the writer.
I. Out of the twenty-three churches in this county, nineteen are in villages, and four in market towns. Eleven are in connexion with the Northamptonshire and Leicestershire association; the other twelve are in no association. The average number of members in each church is about seventy, and of hearers about three hundred.
2. There are no two of them which meet for worship in the same village or town in consequence of any division among themselves. Such things may be borne with in some instances rather than worse but they are not among the things which are lovely and of good report Such things have existed among these churches, but they exist no longer.
3. There are only three which meet for worship in towns where there are Independent congregations, or any other preaching which is ordinarily considered as evangelical; and those are places so populous as to furnish no just ground of complaint on the score of opposition. If our object therefore had been to increase our number from other evangelical connexions, rather than by conversions from the world, we have acted very unwisely in fixing on the places where we should take our stand. It is acknowledged that many members of paedobaptist churches have joined us in consequence of their being convinced of believers baptism being the only baptism taught sad exemplified in the Scriptures; and that many of our members owe their first religious impressions to the labours of a Hervey, a Maddox, and other evangelical clergymen, whose names are dear to them and to us all. But the number of persons of both these descriptions fall short of that of persons who have been in the habit of attending our worship, or have come over to us from the ranks of the irreligious.
4. Of those who are not in the association, three or four are what are called high Calvinists, holding the doctrines of election and predestination This is far from being the case in the present day
in such a way as to exclude exhortations and invitations to the ungodly to believe in Christ for salvation. The rest, whether in or out of the association, consider these doctrines as consistent with exhortations and invitations, as the means by which the predestined ends are accomplished. There are individuals of a different mind in the other churches; for we distinguish between high Calvinists and Antinomians: with the former we do not refuse communion, but with the latter we do.
5. The greater part of these churches are not of very long standing. In 1689, when a meeting of the elders and messengers of more than one hundred Baptist churches was held in London, there were no messengers from this county. It does not follow that there were no Baptist churches in the county, but they certainly were very few and small. Half the present number at least have been raised within the last fifty years, and many of those which were raised before, have much more than doubled their number since that period. The average clear increase of those churches in the county which are in the association during the above period is about seventy-five; and probably the clear increase of the churches not associated would be much the same. Several of those which are now flourishing churches were formerly small societies; some of them branches of other churches, supplied principally by gifted brethren not wholly devoted to the ministry, but labouring with their hands for their own maintenance, and that of their families.
6. If such has been the progress of things during the last fifty years, what may we not hope for in fifty years to come? Were the number of these churches even to continue stationary during that period and were nothing reckoned on but a diligent perseverance, in the stated means of grace, only including occasional labours in adjacent villages, reckoning three generations to a century a testimony will have been borne in each of them to a thousand, and in all of them to three-and-twenty thousand souls. And if on an average they may be supposed to contain fifty truly Christian people for though we admit none but those who profess and appear to he such, yet it cannot be expected that all are what they profess to be each church will have reared seventy-five, and altogether seventeen hundred and twenty-five plants for the heavenly paradise.
But surely we need not calculate on their remaining stationary. If genuine Christianity does but live among them, it will both “grow and multiply.” If it multiply only in the same proportion as it has done in the last half century, in respect to the number of churches, and of members in each church, it will increase considerably more than fourfold; and if from each of these churches should proceed only three or four faithful and useful ministers of the gospelif especially there should arise among them only now and then “a fruitful bough”say a Thomas, a Carey, a Marshman, a Ward, a Chamberlain, or a Chater” whose branches run over the wall” of Christendom itself; who can calculate the fruits? From a part of these churches, connected in association with others in the adjacent counties, within the last twenty years, has “sounded forth the word of the Lord,” into the very heart of heathen and Mahomedan Asia; and as the times foretold in prophecy, when “a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation,” appear to be fast approaching, it behoves us not only to “attempt” but also to “expect great things.”
Our chief concern should be that we may not disqualify ourselves for possessing these lively hopes by a relinquishment of the doctrine, the worship, the discipline, the spirit, or the practice of vital Christianity. That Gods “way may be known upon earth, and his saving health among all nations,” our prayer should be, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause thy face to shine upon us.” We cannot impart that which we do not possess.
DECLINE OF THE DISSENTING INTEREST
I have seen, in those churches with which I have been most intimately connected, many things which have endeared them to me. Particularly, a lively interest in evangelical, faithful, practical, and pungent preaching; an attention to things more than to words; a taste for the affectionate more than for the curious; a disposition to read and think rather than dispute; a spirit to promote the kingdom of Christ; in fine, a modesty, gentleness, and kindness of behaviour. I have been thirty years pastor of one of them; and if there has ever been an instance of unkind or unchristian behaviour towards me, I have forgotten it.
These things I have seen in some of our churches, and would fain consider them as the general feature. But truth obliges me to add, I have also seen things of another description. I have seen discipline neglected, apparently lest it should injure the subscription; and if exercised, it has seemed to be more from regard to reputation in the eyes of men than from the fear of God. I have seen an evil in the choice of ministers; too much attention has been paid to the superficial qualification of a ready, off-hand address, calculated to fill the place, and too little to those solid qualities that constitute the man of God, and the serious, faithful, and affectionate pastor. I have also seen, or thought I have seen, in the choice of deacons, more regard paid to opulence than to those qualifications required by the New Testament. I have seen too much of a worldly spirit, and a conformity to the maxims by which worldly men are wont to regulate their conduct.
I do not know that such things are more prevalent in these than in other churches; but, wherever they, prevail, they will be a worm at the root of the gourd. It becomes us as ministers to inquire whether a large portion of these evils may not originate amongst us. If we were more spiritual, evangelical, and zealous in the work of God, things would be different with the people. We are apt to think, that if we have but made up our minds on the leading points of controversy afloat in the world, and taken the side of truth, we are safe; but it is not so. If we walk not with God, we shall almost be certain in some way to get aside from the gospel, and then the work of God will not prosper in our hands. Ingenious discourses may be delivered, and nothing advanced inconsistent with the gospel, while yet the gospel itself is not preached.
We may preach about Christ himself, and yet not “preach Christ.” We may pride ourselves in our orthodoxy, and yet be far from the doctrine of the New Testament; may hold with exhortations and invitations to the unconverted, and yet not “persuade men ;” may plead for sound doctrine, and yet overlook the things that “become sound doctrine.” Finally, we may advocate the cause of holiness, while we ourselves are unholy.
BAPTIST MAGAZINE, 1811 pages 458 – 463, 496 – 497
A List Of the Particular Baptist Churches and Ministers in England Corrected to 0ctober, 1811*
Bedford, George Pinchard BiggIeswade, Thomas Eisdell Blunham, S. Hawkins Carlton, C. Vorley Garrington, C. End, W. Freeman Cranfleld, W. Wakefield Dunstable, 1st ch. W. Anderson 2nd ch. Keysoe, W. Browne Leighton Buzzard, T. Wake Little Staughton, James Knight Luton, Mauldon, Samuel Hobson, Pæ. Potton,Chapman Ridgemount, George Keely Sharnbrook,Tandy SouthilI, J. Patrick Stevington, J. Such
Abingdon, John Evans Farringdon, Joseph Stennett Kingston Lisle, Thomas Smith Mortimore Common, A. Pinnell Newbury, John Perry Oakingham, Philip Davies Reading Wallingford, R. Lovegrove Wantage
Aylesbury Amersham, R. Morris Chenies, W. Lewis Chesham, W. Tomlin Colnbrook, S. Rowles Haddenham, Peter Tyler High Wycomb, W. Simpson Ivinghoe, J. Clarke Newport Pagnell,
Olney, John Sutcliff Penn Princes Risbro, Henry Dawson Stony Stratford, John Goodrich Waddesdon Hill,
Cambridge Cottenham Hoddenham Over, George Prudence Soham, G. Norman Sutton, W. Ounce Willingbam, John Rootham
Chester, John Shepherd
Chacewater Falmouth, T. Griffin Helston, C. Sharp Launceston Penzance, G C. Smith Redruth and St. Day, W. Rowe Truro, S. Young
Broughton, Jacob Hutton Whitehaven, - Jamison
Derby, W. Smith Loscoe, Joseph Swaine Swanwicke, W. Fletcher
Ashburton, P. House Bampton, T. Davis Bovey Tracey, J. Sprague Brixham, Eb. Daniel Collumpton, R. Humphrey Dartmouth,Watkins Exeter, T. C. Edmonds Modbury, —- Chandler Kingsbridge, John Nicholson
* We have endeavoured, with the aid of numerous Correspondents, to make this List correct; in a few instances the Information desired could not be obtained but we believe our List is the most complete of any yet published; and such corrections and additions as we may be favoured with (post free) will be noticed in a future volume.
Plymouth Plymouth Dock, 1st ch. I. Birt 2nd ch. J. Shoveller Prescott, B. Thomas Tiverton, Thomas Smith Uffculm, George Viney Upottery, -Bishop
Loughwood, R. Gill Lynie, —- Scott Poole, —- Bulgin Wimbourn, J. Miell
Cold Rowley, Edward Mabbutt Hamsterley, Charles Whitefield Monkwearrnouth, Isaac Watts Sunderland, William Biggs. William Gratrix
Braintree, J. Hornblow Burnham, John Garrington Coggeshall, Jeremiah Rogers Colechester, George Pritchard Earls Come Major, G. Pudney Halstead, John Ring Harlow, B. P. Severn Ilford, J. Smith Langham, Zenas Trivett Potter Street, John Bain Rayleigh, James Pilkington Ridgewell, H. Larwill Sible Heddingham, W. Scandred Saffron Walden, J. Wilkinson Thorpe, W. Bolton Waltham Abbey
Bourton, Thomas Cole Campden, Elisha Smith Chalford, James Dean Cheltenham, G. Gibbs Cirencester, D. White Coldford ~ Eastcombes, —- Hawkins Fairford, D. Williams Hilsley Horsley, W. Winterbotham Kingstanly, J. Williams Natton, (7tb day) John Millar
Sodbury, —- Godwin Stowe, W. Wilkins Naunton, W. Wilkins Tetbury, J. Burchill Tewkesbury, D. Trotman Thornbury Wootton-underedge
Broughton,Russell Forton, T. Tilly Hartley Row,Milland Lockerly, W. Earley Lymington, —- Giles Newport, Isle of Wight Portsmouth, 1st ch. D. Miall 2nd ch. —- Penny Rockborne Rumsey, —- Yarnold Southampton, R. Owers Welloe, I. W, W. Read Whitchurch, Cbarles Cole Swanwick, —- Chapman
Kington Leominster, S. Kilpin Ryford, W. Williams
Coldicot, Alexander Thompson Hempstead, John Liddon Hertford, William James Hitchin, John Geard Hoddesden New Mill, John Clement St. Albans, —- Welsh Watford, W. Grosser
Bluntisham, Coxey Fairy Bythorn Great Gidding Great Grandsdon, R. Skilliter Hale Weston, James Farley Kimbolton, J. Nichols Needingworth, T: Ladson Ramsey, —- Ingle Spaldwick, John Manning St. Ives, W. Peeke St. Neots, 1st ch. T. Rands 2nd ch.
Ashford, W. Broady Beesels Green, John Stanger Bethesden, —- Shilling Brenchley, Thomas Bailey Canterbury, J. Peale Chatham, John Knott Cranbrook, George Stonehouse Crayford, John Rowe Eynsford, John Rogers Eythorn, John Giles Folkstone, W. Atwood Greenwich, Mark Ball Lessnes Heath, Win Coleman Maidstone, G. Bentliffe Margate, George Atkinson Sandhurst Sevenoaks, Thomas Shirley Smarden, John Coppen Seal, (late Ightham) Jn. Morris St. Peters, T. Cramp Stone, Davy Tenterden, Exall Wilmington, John Morris Woolwich, 1st ch. W. Culver 2nd ch. A Freeman
Acrington Bacup, John Hirst Blackburn, Wm. Dyer Balton Cloughfold, Richard Nuttall Colne, John Stutterd Goodshaw Chapel, J. Pilling Haggate, W. Smith Hawksheadhill, A. Greenwood Huncotes, William Perkins Liverpool, 1st ch. 2nd ch. J. Lister 3rd ch. Henry Paice Manchester, 1st cb. W. Gadsby. 2nd ch. W. Stephens Ogden, James Hargreaves Pendlehill Preston, John Baker Rochdale, Thomas Littlewood Wigan, John Simmons
Arnsby, W. Cuttriss Bottesford, Thomas Linford Foxton, J. Burton Husbands Bosworth Leicester, Robert Hall Sheepshead, R. Mills Sutton in Elms, Burdett
Burgh and Mounthorp, —- Clarke Barrow and Killingholme, A. Greenwood Boston Carlton in Moorland Lincoln, J. Jones Partney and Orby Spalding, James Crapps Timberland, G. Woodcock
Battle Bridge, Thomas Sowerby Breutford Hackney, F. A. Cox Highgate Hammersmith, Uppadine Harlington, Edward Torlin Knightsbridge, Collins Old-ford, W. Newman Poplar Potters Ear, Samuel Bligh Somers Town, W. Jarman Staines, Thomas Silvester
LONDON AND SOUTHWARK
Artillery Street Blandford Street, John Keeble Brewer Street, Andrew Smith Carter Lane, Dr. Rippon Cripplegate, Robert Burnside Camberwell, Jonathan Carr Dean Street, W. Button Edward Street, T. Simmonds Devonshire Square, T. Thomas Eagle Street, Joseph Ivimey Fetter Lane, Abraham Austin Ewer Street, —- Crawford Grafton Street, John Stevens Goodmansfields, Great Ailie St., W. Bailey
Great Ailie Street, Wm. Bailey Green Walk, or Church Street, James Upton Kepple Street, John Martin Little Ayliftè Street, W. Shenstone Maze Pond, James Dore Mitchel Street, T. Powell Red Cross Street, Rotherhithe, —- Norris Shouldam Street, T Oughton Unicorn Yard, T. Hutchings Walworth 1st ch. Dr. Jenkins 2nd ch. Chin Wild Street, Thomas Waters
Aylesharn Buxton, John Cooper Claxton, Job Hupton Dewham, Samuel Green Downham, —- Jeffries Diss, W. Ward Fakenhiam, Thomas Johnson Great Ellingbam, Ch. Hatcher Ingham, Win. Pickers Lynn, Tim. Durrant Martham, Necton, J. Carver Norwicb,~ 1st ch. J. Kinghorn 2nd ch. Mark Wilks Salhouse, Charles Caddy Shelfanger, Thomas Smith Worsted, J .W. Morris Wymondham, —- Hubbard Yarmouth, Edmond Guoyrner
Braunstone, S. Norman Braybrook Bugbrook, John Wheeler Burton, James Presland Clipstone Earlsbarton Gretton Guilsborough, John Edmonds Hackleton lrthlingborougb, W. Hall Kettering, Andrew Fuller
Kislingbury, S. Adams Long Buckby, W. Steans Middleton Cheny, R. Davies Moulton, Thos. Berridge Northampton, lst ch. T. Blundell 2nd ch. Oundle Ringstead, Richard Grindon Rhode, W. Heighton Rushden, —- Peacock Thrapstone, W. Ragsdell Towcester, J. Barker Walgrave, Alexr. Payne Wellingborpugh Weston-by-Weedon, Rd. Clark
Newcastle, R. Pengilly S. B. John Campbell North Shields, Robt. Imeary S. B. —- Brotherstone
Wollingham, William Nichols Newark upon Treat, T. Jarvis Nottingham, J. Jarman Southevill, William Musson Sutton Ashfield, J. Whitehead
Burford, C. Choun Chipping Norton, W. Gray Coat Hook Norton, Tbos Claypole Oxford, James Hinton Witney, Thos. Taylor
Oakham, John Miller
Bridgenorth, Thos. Edmonds Brosely, 1st ch. John Thomas 2iid ch. Oswestry, Wm. Paine Shrewsbury, John Palmer Wellington, Richard Pryce Whitechurcb, James Yeats
Bath, John Paul Porter Beckington, John Hinton
Bridgewater, James Viney Bristol, 1st ch. Dr. Ryland Henry Page 2nd cb. Roberts 3rd cb..J. Holloway Chard, J. Toms Croscomb Frome, 1st ch. —- Saunders 2nd ch. —- Murch Hatch, I. Braker Hanham, & Keynsham, —- Hutchings Horsington, Colin Cox Paulton, Joseph Dear Road, John Mathews Stoke Gomer Watchet, —- Tyso Wellington, John Cherry Yeovll, Thos. Price
Burslem, T. Thompson Burton-on-Trent, J. Smith Coppice, Benj. Mason. Coseley, B. H. Draper. Woolverhampton, —- Taylor
Barton Mills, Robert Saunders Beccles, James Beard Bildeston, W. Hoddy Bury, James Cole Clare, Thomas Hoddy Charsfield, —- Chiney Eye, W. W. Simpson Grundisburgh, John Thompson Horbam, Edward Manser lpswich, Jamess White Laxfield, James Smith Otley, —- Tipple Stoke Ash, Joshua Cooper Sutton, Samuel Squirrel Stow Market, .Jabez Brown Tunstall, Daniel Wilson Wattisham, —- Webb Walton, A. K. Cowell West Row
Battersea, J. Hughes Cobham
Clapham, —- Ovington Croydon Domans Land, Geo. Chapman Guildford, Thos. Wood Kingston, J. Plillemore Lingfield
Battle, James Kingsmjll Brighton, T. Gough East Bourne Hailsham, Thos. Dicker Handoross, W. Fuller Lewes, Moses Fisher Rotherfield, Rye, Tbos. Purdy Uckfield, —- Mitchell Wivelsfield, John Sergant West Grinstead
Alcester, James Smith Bedworth, —- Burton Birmingham, lst ch. 2nd ch. E. Edmonds 3rd ch. B. Gosley Coventry, F. Franklin Henley-in-Arden, S. Barker Rugby, E. Fall Warwick, Wm. Read
Bradford, James Bernard Bratton, Edmonson Broughton Calne Chippenham Chapmanslade, W. Clift Crockerton, Thos. Thresher Devizes Downton, John Chare Grittleton, Richd. Moseley Hilperton, John Dymott Malmsbury Melksham, Thomas Ward North Bradley, Joseph Clift Salisbury, John Saffery Southiwick, William Norress Stratton Trowbridge, Rd. Davis
Westbury Leigh, 1st ch 2nd ch. PhillIps
Bewdley, George Brooke Bromsgrove, John Scroxton Buckeridgebank Dudley Eversham, L. Butterworth Kidderminster, Thos. Griffin Pershore Shipstone, —- Buck Stourbridge Upton, Thos. Davis Westmeath, I. Williams Westmancote, John Millar Worcester, W. Belcher
Barnoldswick, N. Smith Bingley, Abrm. Greenwood Bishop Burton, John Moss Blackley, John Rigby Bradford, J. Steadman Bramley, John Tricket Bridlington, Robt Harnis Cowlinghill, J. Shuttleworth Driffield W. J. Wrightson
Farsley, John Sharp Gildersome, Wm. Scarlet Halifax, Willm. Ackroyd Hollyfield Hebden Bridge, John Fawcett Horsforth, Joseph Shaw Haworth. Miles Oddy Hull, 1st ch, W. Wade 2nd ch, John Birt 3rd ch, —- Arbon Idle, Wm. Garnett Keighley Leeds, Thos. Langdon Lockwood, James Aston Masborough, James Hudson Rawden, Peter McFarlane Rishworth, Luke Roebuck Salendinenook, Robert Hyde Scarborough, Wm. Hague Sheffield, Wm. Downes Shipley, John Bowser Snape, Willm. Terry Steeplane Sutton Wainsgate, Mark Holroyd York
A List of the Particular Baptist Churches and Ministers in Wales Corrected to 0ctober, 1811*
Brecknock, C. Jenkins D. Evans Builth, Thomas Daniel Maesyberllan, David Evans James Michal Pantycelyn, Morgan Evans George Griffith
Aberystwyth, S. Breeze J. James Cardigan, J. Herring Llwyndafydd Pen-y-park, W. Richards
Aberduar, Z. Thomas D. Davies T. Thomas P. Saunders Cwmdu Cwmivor, P. Griffiths Cwmfelyn, W. Evans Ffynonhenry, D. Evans Glanyferi Heolyprior, J. Watkins Llandyfaen Llanelli, D. Davies B. Bower New Castle Penybont, J. Davies P. Davies Porthtywyll. Penrhiwgoch, T. Morris Rehoboth, G. Jones J. Lewelyn M. Morris T. Williams Salem, T. Williams Trefach Tycoch
Aberdare Aberavan Blaeneu Cardiff, T. Lewis Caerffili, D. Richards Carmel Croesypark, J. Perrot Ebenezer, Morris Jones Llandyfaen Neath, J. George Penyvai, T. Edwards Providence, Daniel Davies Ruama, David Evans Salem, J. Davies Sion Chapel, Rees Jones Swansea, I. Harries Ystrad
Abergavenny, Micah Thomas Bethel, David Davies Bethesda, John Hier James Edmonds Blaenau, Joseph Price Henry Harris Carleon, Thomas Evans Hengoed, John Jenkins Lanwenarth, James Lewis Olchon (Herefordshire) G. Watkins Penygarn, John Evans Penuel, Morgan David Sion Chapel, John Davies Siloh, Edward Davies Joshua Thomas Trosnant, William Edmunds
Aberhafhest, James Evans John Jones Machynlleth
* Any Corrections or Additions to this List sent to the Editor (post free) will be noticed in a future volume.
Penforddlas, Griffith Davies
Blaenywair, D. Philip Bwlchgwynt, W. Williams Ebedneger, L. Evans Fishguard, J. James Ffynnon, B. Davies Haverfordwest, B. Davies D. Rees Kilvowir, B. Davies J. Morgans Llangloffan, T. Lewis
J. James H. Davies D. Lewis Middlemill, J. Reynolds J. Clynn Moliston, W. Thomas Newport, D. Jones
Doleu, David Evans Maesyrhelem, Joseph Jones Nantgwyn, Thomas Thomas Pentref, John Evans
This is a summary of Baptist ministers names from a number of different sources. Where there is an apparent discrepancy in the name shown in the source, compared with earlier or later entries, the name is shown in italics. For each date the source reference is as follows:
1753 Manuscript of Mr John Ryland from Joseph Ivimey, A History of the English Baptists, vol 4, 1830
1790 Baptist Annual Register vol 1 pp 3 – 16
1794 Baptist Annual Register vol 2 pp 1 – 24
1798 Baptist Annual Register vol 3 pp 1 – 43
1811 Baptist Magazine pp 458 – 463
1814 Andrew Fuller, from his Works Volume 3, page 481 – 483
1823 Baptist Magazine pp 23 – 29, 159 – 162, 331 – 332, 432 – 434
1827 Baptist Magazine pp 32 – 35, 80 – 83, 135 – 139
1831 Baptist Magazine pp 160 – 164, 203 – 207
1835 Baptist Magazine pp 549 – 561
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|Aldwinkle||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||D. Parkins||D. Parkins||D. Parkins|
|Blisworth||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||G. Foskett||G. Foskett||G. Foskett|
|Braunstone||.||John Simmons||John Simmons||John Simmons||S. Norman||S Norman||Joseph Bate||R. Miller||R. Miller||R. Miller|
|Braybrook||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||J. Jarman Snr.||.||.|
|Brington Lt.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||---- Hewitt||Wm. Hewitt||R. Tunly|
|Bugbrook||.||.||.||.||John Wheeler||J Wheeler||J. Wheeler||John Wheeler||John Wheeler||J. Wheeler|
|Bythorn||.||.||.||.||.||.||William Simpson||William Simpson||William Simpson||William Simpson|
|Burton Latimer||.||.||.||.||James Presland||J Presland||J Presland||J Presland||.||---- Rees|
|Clipstone||.||John Webster Morris||John Webster Morris||John Webster Morris||.||.||John Mack||John Mack||John Mack||---- Gough|
|Earls Barton||.||.||Thomas Shrewsbury||John Timson||.||.||---- Deacon||Stephen Deacon||.||.|
|Ecton||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||John Smith||John Smith||J. Smith|
|Gretton||.||William Butler||.||John Jarman||.||.||.||Thomas Miller||W. C. Bottomley||T. Mason|
|Guilsborough||.||John Edmonds||John Edmonds||John Edmonds||John Edmonds||J Edmonds||James Clark||James Clark||J. Clark||J. Clark|
|Hackleton||.||John Luck||John Luck||John Luck||.||.||William Knowles||William Knowles||William Knowles||W. Knowles|
|Harpole||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||J. Patrick||T. Chown||J. Chown|
|lrthlingborough||.||William Hall||William Hall||William Hall||W. Hall||W Hall||Thomas Allen||Thomas Allen||.||J. Trimming|
|Kettering||John Brown||Andrew Fuller||Andrew Fuller||Andrew Fuller||Andrew Fuller||A Fuller||John Keen Hall AM||.||W. Robinson||W. Robinson|
|Kettering 2nd ch.||.||John Satchell||John Satchell||.||.||.||.||J. Jenkinson||J. Jenkinson||J. Jenkinson|
|Kislingbury||.||.||.||.||S. Adams||S Adams||.||T. Wake||T. W. Wake||.|
|Long Buckby||Richard Hutchins||William Cole||William Cole||James Preslan||W. Steans||W Steans||J. Edmonds||Richard Clarke||W. Capern||H. Capern|
|Middleton Cheny||---- Carpenter||Thomas Green||Thomas Green||Thomas Green||R. Davies||R Davis||W. E. Bottomley||W. E. Bottomley||B. Howlett||G. Stonehouse|
|Milton||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||T. Marriott||T. Marriott||T. Marriott|
|Moulton||.||Edward Sharman||Edward Sharman||John Barker||Thos. Berridge||T Berridge||Francis Wheeler||Francis Wheeler||Francis Wheeler||F. Wheeler|
|Northampton lst ch.||Henry Davis, ---- Tolley||John Ryland, jun.||.||.||T. Blundell||T Blundell||Thomas Blindell||W. Gray||W. Gray||W. Gray|
|Northampton 2nd ch.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||W. Clarke||.||.|
|Northampton G||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||W. Brand|
|Oundle||.||.||.||.||.||.||Benjamin Medlock||---- Manton||R. Manton||R. Manton|
|Peterborough G||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||S. Wright||S. Wright|
|Raunds||.||.||.||.||.||.||James Rappitt||James Rappitt||.||.|
|Ravensthorpe||.||.||.||.||.||.||William Goodrich||William Goodrich||William Goodrich||W. Goodrich|
|Ringstead||---- Tweltree||Robert Tweltree||Robert Tweltree||Richard Grindon||Richard Grindon||R Grindon||J. A. Jones||---- Matthewson||L. J. Abington||L. J. Abington|
|Roade (Rhode, Road)||.||William Heighton||William Heighton||William Heighton||W. Heighton||W Heighton||William Heighton||William Heighton||G. Jane||G. Joyne|
|Rushden||.||William Knowles||.||______ Claypole||---- Peacock||W Peacock||.||Bean Farley||.||---- Whittemore|
|Rushden 2nd ch.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||---- Drawbridge||---- Drawbridge||---- Drawbridge|
|Thrapston||.||.||Reynold Hogg||Reynold Hogg||W. Ragsdell||W Ragsdell||Richard Miller||S. Green Jnr.||S. Green||.|
|Towcester||.||Thomas Skinner||William Amphlet||Thomas Taylor||J. Barker||J Barker||John Barker||John Barker||John Barker||J. Barker|
|Walgrave||Moses Deacon||Alexander Payne||Alexander Payne||Alexander Payne||Alexr. Payne||A Payne||Samuel Adams||Samuel Adams||Samuel Adams||J. Blackburn|
|Wellingborpugh||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||---- Drawbridge||---- Drawbridge|
|West Haddon||.||.||.||.||.||.||Joseph Brooks||R. Breeze||G. H. Orchard||W. Orchard|
|Weston-by-Weedon||.||John Law||John Law||John Law||Rd. Clark||R Clark||Richard Clark||W. Clark||R. Clark||W. Clarke|
|Woodford||.||.||.||.||.||.||Thomas Miller||---- Gibbs||R. Tonkin||.|
|Barton||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||John Waring||John Waring||John Waring|
|Bedford||Joshua Symonds||.||______ Hillyard||.||George Pinchard||.||Samuel Hillyard||.||.||.|
|Bedford 2nd ch.||.||.||Thomas Ranger||.||.||.||Thomas King||Thomas King||Thomas King||Thomas King|
|BiggIeswade||.||James Bowers||.||.||Thomas Eisdell||.||Thomas Middlewich||Thomas Middlewich||Thomas Middlewich||----|
|Blunham||.||Martin Mayle||Martin Mayle||.||S. Hawkins||.||John Beetham||John Beetham||John Beetham||J. Hindes|
|Carlton||.||John West||.||.||C. Vorley||.||C. Vorley||C. Vorley||C. Vorley||C. Vorley|
|Cardington, Cotton End||----||William Kulpin||______ Freeman||.||W. Freeman||.||John Holloway||John Holloway||John Holloway||J. Frost|
|Cranfleld||----||Ebenzer Keach||_____ Wakefield||.||W. Wakefield||.||W. Wakefield||W. W. Steers||T. Miller||T. Miller|
|Dunstable 1st ch. & Houghton Regis (from 1823)||William Warster||______ Hughes||Francis Hughes||.||W. Anderson||.||W. Anderson||.||.||----|
|Dunstable 2nd ch.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||Daniel Gould||Daniel Gould||D. Gould|
|Keysoe||.||William Dickens||William Dickens||.||W. Browne||.||Henry Bottle||Henry Bottle||Henry Bottle||B. Medlock|
|Leighton Buzzard 1st ch.||.||.||Thomas Wake||.||T. Wake||.||Thomas Wake||Thomas Wake||R. Adey||E. Adey|
|Leighton Buzzard 2nd ch.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||----|
|Little Staughton||----||John Emery||John Emery||.||James Knight||.||Thomas Knight / Emery||James Knight||James Knight||J. Knight|
|Luton||.||Thomas Pilly||Thomas Pilly||.||.||.||Ebenzer Daniel||Ebenzer Daniel||H. Burgess||H. Burgess|
|Market Street||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||J. Heath|
|Mauldon||----||William Coles||William Coles||.||Samuel Hobson Pæ.||.||Samuel Honson||Samuel Honson||Samuel Honson||S. Honson|
|Potton||.||.||.||.||Chapman||.||William Cooper||William Cooper||---- Blackstock||---- Blackstock|
|Ridgemount||.||William Pike||Edward Mabbutt||.||George Keely||.||William Cuttriss||William Cuttriss||R. Edmondson||J. Brookes|
|Sharnbrook||Thomas Newton||Richard Grindon||Richard Grindon||.||Tandy||.||Joseph Hinde||Joseph Hinde||J. Hindes||R. Emery|
|Shefford||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||W. Brown||W. Brown|
|SouthilI||.||John Gamby||John Gamby||.||J. Patrick||.||Thomas Tay||Thomas Tay||Thomas Tay||T. Tay|
|Stevington||Joseph Clayton||.||James Pratt||.||J. Such||.||Joseph Such||Joseph Such||.||G. H. Orchard|
|Thorn||.||Richard Faulkner||.||.||.||.||R. Faulkner||.||.||.|
|Toddington||.||.||.||.||.||.||Thomas Ramsey||Thomas Ramsey||Thomas Ramsey||W. Wood|
|Westoning||.||.||.||.||.||.||George Dance||George Dance||T. Chew||T. Chew|
|Bluntisham||.||.||.||.||Coxey Fairy||.||Samuel Green||Samuel Green||J. Simmons||J. Simmons|
|Great Catworth||.||.||.||.||.||.||Wm Rowlatt||.||.||.|
|Great Gidding||.||.||John Whitmee||John Whitmee||.||.||W. Crockford||W. Tandy||W. Tandy||W. Tandy|
|Great Gransden||---- Keymour||John Howsop||John Howson||Robert Skilliter||R. Skilliter||.||Robert Skilletter||Robert Skilletter||Robert Skilletter||S. Peters|
|Hale Weston||---- Joyce||.||William Joyce||---- Alcock||James Farley||.||Joseph Paggett||Samuel Fordham||Samuel Fordham||S. Fordham|
|Kimbolton||.||.||.||Joshua Nichols||J. Nichols||.||John Hemming AM||John Hemming AM||John Hemming AM||J. Hemming|
|Needingworth||.||Thomas Ladson||Thomas Ladson||Thomas Ladson||T: Ladson||.||Samuel Sharwood||Samuel Sharwood||Samuel Sharwood||S. Sharood|
|Ramsey||.||.||.||.||---- Ingle||.||---- Jarvis||J. A. Jarvis||T. Jenkins||T. Jenkins|
|Somersham||.||.||.||.||.||.||Wm Orris||Wm Orris||Wm Orris||W. Orris|
|Spaldwick||.||.||John Manning||John Manning||John Manning||.||John Manning||William Manning||John Manning||J. Manning|
|St. Ives 1st ch.||.||.||.||.||W. Peeke||.||Hugh McKenzie||Hugh McKenzie||Hugh McKenzie||.|
|St. Ives 2nd ch.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||Hugh McKenzie|
|St. Neots 1st ch.||.||.||.||Thomas Rands||T. Rands||.||.||George Murrell||George Murrell||G. Murrell|
|St. Neots 2nd ch.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.||.|
CHAPELS IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
This directory is compiled from many resources including my own research. If you have any details of any chapels in Northamptonshire not included in my list or can add any details I would be pleased to add them if you e-mail me. The earliest date a particular group is the first know date for that congregation, even if this was before the actual building or registers began. Methodist Chapels are organised into Circuits locally in some cases records are kept both by Chapel and by Circuit.
|Location||Chapel||Date founded||Denomination||Date closed|
|Addington, Little||.||1844||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Ashby St Ledgers||.||1845||Congregational||.|
|Barton in the Clay||.||.||Baptist||.|
|Billing, Great||.||1836||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Brafield on the Green||Chapel Lane||1829||Baptist||Open|
|Brafield on the Green||.||.||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Brigstock||Mill Lane / School Lane||1672||URC||Open|
|Brixworth||Church Street||1811||Wesleyan Methodist||Closed|
|Burton Latimer||Meeting Lane||1740||Baptist||Open|
|Burton Latimer||.||1836||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Chapel Brampton||.||.||Wesleyan Reform||.|
|Chipping Warden||.||.||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Cold Ashby||.||1710||Congregational||by 1850|
|Cotton End||High Road||1776||Baptist||Open|
|Daventry||New Street||1824||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Doddington, Great||.||1819||Congregational||by 1950|
|Doddington, Great||Chapel Lane||1889||URC||Open|
|Earls Barton||West Street||1770||Baptist||Open|
|Earls Barton||Rehoboth||1872||Strict Baptist||1947|
|Earls Barton||.||.||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|East Farndon||.||1898||Strict Baptist||Closed|
|Flore||and Wedon Pinkney, Chapel Lane||1668||URC||Open|
|Greens Norton||.||1802||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Greens Norton||.||1837||Primitive Methodist||.|
|Gretton||Ebenezer, High Street||1786||Baptist||Open|
|Hackleton||Carey, Main Road||1781||Baptist||Open|
|Harrowden, Little||.||1882||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Higham Ferrers||.||1800||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Irchester||East Street||1869||Strict Baptist||1941|
|Irthlingborough||Meeting Lane||1770||Grace Baptist||Open|
|Irthlingborough||Povidence||1898||Gospel Standard Baptist||Open|
|Kettering||Toller (Great Meeting)||1662||URC||Open|
|Kettering||Fuller (Gold Street)||1696||Baptist||Open|
|Kettering||Hogs Lay||1800||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Keterring||Market Street (Parkstile Lane)||1824||Strict Baptist||1824|
|Kettering||Jehovah Shalom, Wadcroft||1871||Strict Baptist||1963|
|Kettering||Carey (King Street)||1894||Baptist||Open|
|Kettering||Bath Road||1906||Primitive Methodist||.|
|Kettering||Rockingham Road||.||Salvation Army||Open|
|Keysoe Brook End||.||1652||Baptist||Closed|
|Keysoe Row & Thurleigh||.||1978||Baptist||Open|
|King's Cliffe||Christ's Chapel||1815||Calvinist||.|
|King's Cliffe||Bridge Street||1823||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Long Buckby||Brington Road||1707||URC||Open|
|Long Buckby||Market Place||1743||Baptist||Open|
|Long Buckby||.||1759||Strict Baptist||1924|
|Long Buckby||Robinson's Calvinistic Chapel||1800||Calvinist||.|
|Lower Boddington||.||.||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Luton||Dumfries Street, Ebenezer||1832||Baptist||.|
|Mears Ashby||.||1843||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Middleton Cheney||Great Chapel||1740||Baptist||.|
|Middleton Cheney||.||.||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Milton Malsor||Green Street||1825||Baptist||Open|
|Milton Malsor||.||.||Primitive Methodist||.|
|Milton Malsor||.||.||Wesleyan Methodist||.|
|Moulton||Carey, West Street||1780||Baptist||Open|
|Nether Heyford||The Green||1826||Baptist||Open|
|Nether Heyford||.||1838||Primitive Methodist||.|
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