Declaration of Indulgence 1672

 

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.

Nonconformity in Northamptonshire 1672

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 King’s, 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.

Northants Nonconformity 250 Years Ago

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 Ponder’s 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 King’s 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.

 ParishPreacher or Meeting HouseDenominationNotes
1GREAT ADDINGTONHouse of Samuel WhitbyeP
2ADSTONEROBERT ALLEN (ejected from Norton)P
House of Edward Hardy, Esq.P
3ASHBY ST LEGERSWILLIAM BUTLER (ejected from Hazlebeach)P
House of William ButlerP
4GREAT BOWDENNICHOLAS KESTIN (ejected from Gumley, Leicestershire)P
House of Nicholas KestinP
House of John HeathC
5LITTLE BOWDENHouse of James TaylorP
6BRAFIELD ON THE GREENCHRISTOPHER STANLEYC
House of Christopher StanleyC
7BRIGSTOCKHouse of Edward BrookesC
8CRANFORDNATHANIEL WHITING (ejected from Aldwinckle)C
House of Nathaniel WhitingC
9CRANSLEYHENRY WILLES (ejected from Loddington)P
House of Henry WillesP
10DAVENTRYÿJAMES CAVE (ejected from Crossthwaite)P
DANIEL WILLIAMS, D.D. (silenced in 1662, and here received a "general" licence)P
House of James CaveP
House of Widow ManleyP
House of John HawtynP
House of Allen LinzeyP
11DENTONGEORGE BIDBANCKE, M.A. (ejected from Scotto, Norfolk)-C
12DOGSTHORPEHouse of Walter SlyeP
13DUNCOTRALPH PUNNE, at the house of John OvertonC
(See Green?s Norton)
14EYEJOHN SARJANTBaptist
EDWARD PAYTONAnabaptist
House of William HoltAnabaptist
House of Baxter SlyesP
15GEDDINGTONVINCENT ALSOP (ejected from Wilby)CVincent 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 AlsopC
Application was also made for a licence for "the schoole house," but this was not granted
16GREEN?S NORTONHouse of Ralph Punne (see Duncot)C
House of Rebecca MulsoeC
17HIGHAM FERRERSTWYFORD WORTHINGTON, at his own houseP
18ISLIPJOHN SEATON (ejected from Twywell)PJohn Seaton was ejected from the Rectory of Tywell, and afterwards he established a school at Islip.
A "general" licence.
19ISHAMÿJOHN BAYNARD (ejected from Burton Latimer)C
House of Robert GrayC
20KETTERINGJOHN MAIDWELL (ejected from Kettering)CJohn 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 MaidwellPMaidwell 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 CooperC
21KILSBYSTEPHEN FOWLER (ejected from Crick)P
House of Stephen FowlerP
22KINGS CLIFFEHouse of Thomas BroomeC
23MARKET HARBOROUGHÿMATTHEW 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 HartshorneC
House of Robert BasseP
House of Thomas MoreP
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.
24MEARS ASHBYTHOMAS ANDREWS (ejected from Wellingborough)PThomas Andrews was ejected from the vlcarage of Welllngborough. He afterwards frequently preached at Lady Tyrrel?s.
House of Thomas AndrewsP
House of William GarrettP
25NASSINGTONWILLIAM OLIVER (ejected from Glap. thorne)PWilliam 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 OliverP
House of John OliverP
26NEWTONHouse of John MansellC
House of Robert MaunsellP
27NORTHAMPTONRICHARD HOOKE (ejected from Creaton)PRichard Hooke was ejected from the Rectory of Creaton, and afterwards established a school.
JOHN HARDING (?ejected from Melksham, Wilts)P
House of Richard HookeP
House of John HardingP
House of John ClarkP
House of Valentine ChadockP
House of Robert MasteyC
House of Samuel WolfordC
28GREAT OAKLEY" MR. FRANCIS DANDY In ye mansion house of Mrs. Margaret Brooke ."P
29OUNDLERICHARD ROSBURY (ejected from Oundle)CRichard 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)PRobert 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 ResburyC
House of Robert WildP
House of Thomas FownesP
House of Mary BritonP
30PETERBOROUGHCHRISTOPHER BELLAnabaptist
House of Isaac SpenceAnabaptist
House of William ShippsP
House of Barnaby KnowlesP
House of John BladwickP
31POLEBROOK" MATTHEW ORLEBAR to be a Pr. Teacher in his house in Polebrook."P
32RINGSTEADJOHN WILLESC
House of John MortonC
33ROTHWELLÿTHOMAS BROWNING (ejected from Desborough)CThomas Browning was ejected from the vicarage of Desborough, and was imprisoned for preaching, in Northampton Gaol. He died in 1685.
House of Thomas BrowningC
House of Susannah PonderC
Application was also made for "Mr Thomas Browning in a place called ye Nunery in Rothwell " result not stated
34RUSHDEN (?Rushden or Rushton)House of Mr. WolestonC
35SIBBERTOFTÿTHOMAS CARNEBaptist
House of Samuel SturgessP
36SIJLGRAVEHouse of Thomas HaycockP
37THORPE MALSORJOHN COURTMAN (ejected from Thorpe Malsor)CJohn 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 MansellC
38TITCHMARSHHENRY SEARLE (ejected from Cranford)C
NATHANIEL WHITING (ejected from Aldwinckle)CNathan 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
39TOWCESTERHouse of Charles GoreC
40TWYWELLROBERT EKINS (ejected from Trinity College, Cambridge)C
House of Mrs. Elizabeth MulsoeC
42WAPPENHAMROBERT ROGERS, at his own houseP
42WARMINGTONJOHN ROWLETT (ejected from Sudborough)PJohn Rowlett was ejected from the Rectory of Sudborough, but continued preaching until his death.
"Ye mansion house of Mrs. Anne Elmes "P
43WEEDONJOHN WORTHP
House of John BillingP
44WELFORDHouse of Henry SteeleP
45WELLINGBOROUGHÿMR. STRICKLAND NEGUS (ejected from Irchester)C
House of Richard BarnesC
"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
46WILBARSTONHouse of Thomas AldwinckleC
47WOLLASTONTHOMAS BRETT in "John Morice his barn ".C
THOMAS EDMONDS in John Brook?s house-C.C
48WOODFORDWILLIAM FLOYD (ejected from Woodford)CWilliam Floyd was ejected from a living at Woodford. lie practised physic, and was commonly called Dr. Floyd.
House of William WellsC
49YARDLEY HASTINGSHouse of John NealC

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Anne Dutton (1692 – 1765)

 

‘The celebrated Mrs Anne Dutton’

by Michael Haykin, from Evangelical Times, April 2001, reproduced by permission of the author and the Evangelical Times

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 Lord’s 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 God’s 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 Hussey’s approach to evangelism.

Appreciating Whitefield

It is sometimes argued that Anne Dutton’s 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’.

Great Gransden

About 1720 Anne’s 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 Dutton’s 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.

Primitive piety

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 Benjamin’s 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 Anne’s writings, said after meeting her that ‘her conversation is as weighty as her letters’.

Women writers

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 suffer’d to appear on Christ’s side, to tell of the wonders of his love, to seek the good of souls, and the advancement of the Redeemer’s 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 Lord’s Supper

One of her best pieces is a devotional study of the Lord’s Table, Thoughts on the Lord’s 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 Lord’s 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 Anne’s 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 Anne’s letters.

I had been given a copy of Anne’s 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.

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Early Baptist Churches of Northamptonshire

 

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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Ministers and Clergy in 1841

 

Source: Census 1841.  Dissenting Ministers and Clergy in Northampton from data supplied by Alan Clark.  Note, these are not all Nonconformist ministers.

Place  Name AgeOccupationBorn in countyBorn in Scotland, Ireland or Foreign Parts
ALBION PLACENORTHAMPTONWILLIAMGRAY60BAPTIST MINISTERN
CATHOLIC BISHOPS HOUSENORTHAMPTONALPHOUSE?ARRANGER35CATHOLIC PRIESTNF
VICARAGEDALLINGTONDALLINGTON PARISHDAVIDFENN35CLERGYMANN
SAINT EDMUNDS ENDNORTHAMPTONSAMUELHORNBUCKLE65CLERGYMANN
SHEEP STREETNORTHAMPTONWILLIAMSCOTT25CLERGYMANN
VICARAGEDALLINGTONDALLINGTON PARISH????TROTMAN40CLERGYMANN
MAREFAIRNORTHAMPTONWILLIAMWALES35CLERGYMANN
MAREFAIRNORTHAMPTONCHARLESWEST40CLERGYMANN
LOWER ENDKINGSTHORPE PARISHROBERTWOODWARD35CLERGYMANN
ROYAL TERRACENORTHAMPTONJOHNTHORNTON30CURATE OF ALL SAINTSN
KING STREETNORTHAMPTONWILLIAMJARROM25DISSENTING ? (MINISTER ?)N
HORSEMARKETNORTHAMPTONGEORGEARNSBY40DISSENTING MINISTERY
BACK LANEKINGSTHORPE PARISHGEORGEASHMEAD35DISSENTING MINISTERN
ST MARYS STREETNORTHAMPTONJOHNBENNETT35DISSENTING MINISTERN
BRIDGE STREETNORTHAMPTONWILLIAMJONES20DISSENTING MINISTERN
VICTORIA TERRACENORTHAMPTONRICHARDTUNLEY25DISSENTING MINISTERN
WOOD STREETNORTHAMPTONTHOMASMILNES30MINISTERN
WATERLOONORTHAMPTONEDMUNDPRUST30MINISTER OF THE GOSPELN
TODDS LANENORTHAMPTONWILLIAMHALES40WESLEYAN MINISTERN
BRIDGE STREETNORTHAMPTONJOHNJULIAN25WESLEYAN MINISTERN
BRIDGE STREETNORTHAMPTONROBERTLEWIS21WESLEYAN MINISTERN
MAREFAIRNORTHAMPTONGEORGEROWE50WESLEYAN MINISTERN
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Baptist history resources

 

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.

Summary of Baptists Ministers in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire 1753-1835

Directory of Baptist Ministers in England and Wales from the Baptist Magazine 1811

Ministers in Northampton in the 1841 Census (Baptists and others).  This information is supplied by Alan Clark, who has an indexing project of the 1841 and 1871 census in Northampton.

The State of the Baptist Churches in Northamptonshire in 1814 by Andrew Fuller.

Baptist Churches in Cambridgeshire a list compiled by Janet Hurst

BAPTIST HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

There are two UK based Baptist historical societies:

Baptist Historical Society

The Strict Baptist Historical Society

 

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State of the Baptist churches in Northamptonshire in 1814

 

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.

Barton, Earls
Braunston S Norman
Braybrook
Buckby, Long W Steans
Bugbrook J Wheeler
Burton Latimer J Presland
Clipstone
Gretton
Guilsborough J Edmonds
Hackleton
Irthlingborough W Hall
Kettering A Fuller
Kislingbury S Adams
Middleton Cheney R Davis
Moulton T Berridge
Northampton T Blundell
Ringstead R Grindon
Road W Heighton
Rushden W Peacock
Thrapstone W Ragsdell
Towcester J Barker
Walgrave A Payne
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

ECCLESIASTICAL POLITY

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 gospel—if 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 God’s “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.

 

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Baptist Magazine 1811

 

BAPTIST MAGAZINE, 1811 pages 458 – 463, 496 – 497

A List Of the Particular Baptist Churches and Ministers in England Corrected to 0ctober, 1811*

BEDFORDSHIRE

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

BERKSHIRE

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

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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,

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Cambridge Cottenham Hoddenham Over, George Prudence Soham, G. Norman Sutton, W. Ounce Willingbam, John Rootham

CHESHIRE

Chester, John Shepherd

CORNWALL

Chacewater Falmouth, T. Griffin Helston, C. Sharp Launceston Penzance, G C. Smith Redruth and St. Day, W. Rowe Truro, S. Young

CUMBERLAND

Broughton, Jacob Hutton Whitehaven, -— Jamison

DERBYSHIRE

Derby, W. Smith Loscoe, Joseph Swaine Swanwicke, W. Fletcher

DEVONSHIRE.

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.

459

Plymouth Plymouth Dock, 1st ch. I. Birt 2nd ch. J. Shoveller Prescott, B. Thomas Tiverton, Thomas Smith Uffculm, George Viney Upottery, -—Bishop

DORSETSHIRE

Loughwood, R. Gill Lynie, —- Scott Poole, —- Bulgin Wimbourn, J. Miell

DURHAM

Cold Rowley, Edward Mabbutt Hamsterley, Charles Whitefield Monkwearrnouth, Isaac Watts Sunderland, William Biggs. William Gratrix

ESSEX.

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

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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

HAMPSHIRE

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

HEREFORDSHIRE

Kington Leominster, S. Kilpin Ryford, W. Williams

HERTFORDSHIRE

Coldicot, Alexander Thompson Hempstead, John Liddon Hertford, William James Hitchin, John Geard Hoddesden New Mill, John Clement St. Albans, —- Welsh Watford, W. Grosser

HUNTINGDONSHIRE

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.

460

KENT

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

LANCASHIRE

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

LEICESTER

Arnsby, W. Cuttriss Bottesford, Thomas Linford Foxton, J. Burton Husbands Bosworth Leicester, Robert Hall Sheepshead, R. Mills Sutton in Elms, — Burdett

LINCOLNSHIRE

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

MIDDLESEX

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

461

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

NORFOLK

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

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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

NORTHUMBERLAND

Newcastle, R. Pengilly S. B. John Campbell North Shields, Robt. Imeary S. B. —- Brotherstone

NOTT1NGHAMSHIRE

Wollingham, William Nichols Newark upon Treat, T. Jarvis Nottingham, J. Jarman Southevill, William Musson Sutton Ashfield, J. Whitehead

OXFORDSHIRE

Burford, C. Choun Chipping Norton, W. Gray Coat Hook Norton, Tbos Claypole Oxford, James Hinton Witney, Thos. Taylor

RUTLANDSHIRE

Oakham, John Miller

SHROPSHIRE

Bridgenorth, Thos. Edmonds Brosely, 1st ch. John Thomas 2iid ch. Oswestry, Wm. Paine Shrewsbury, John Palmer Wellington, Richard Pryce Whitechurcb, James Yeats

SOMERSETSHIRE

Bath, John Paul Porter Beckington, John Hinton

462

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

STAFFORDSHIRE

Burslem, T. Thompson Burton-on-Trent, J. Smith Coppice, Benj. Mason. Coseley, B. H. Draper. Woolverhampton, —- Taylor

SUFFOLK

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

SURREY

Battersea, J. Hughes Cobham

Clapham, —- Ovington Croydon Doman’s Land, Geo. Chapman Guildford, Thos. Wood Kingston, J. Plillemore Lingfield

SUSSEX

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

WARWICKSHIRE

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

WILTSHIRE

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

463

Westbury Leigh, 1st ch 2nd ch.— PhillIps

WORCESTERSHIRE

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

YORKSHIRE

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

496

A List of the Particular Baptist Churches and Ministers in Wales Corrected to 0ctober, 1811*

BRECKNOCKSHIRE

Brecknock, C. Jenkins D. Evans Builth, Thomas Daniel Maesyberllan, David Evans James Michal Pantycelyn, Morgan Evans George Griffith

CARDIGANSHIRE

Aberystwyth, S. Breeze J. James Cardigan, J. Herring Llwyndafydd Pen-y-park, W. Richards

CARMARTHENSHIRE

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

GLAMORGANSHIRE

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

MONMOUTHSHIRE

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

MONTGOMERYSHIRE

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.

497

Penforddlas, Griffith Davies

PEMBROKESHIRE

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

RADNORSHIRE

Doleu, David Evans Maesyrhelem, Joseph Jones Nantgwyn, Thomas Thomas Pentref, John Evans

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Baptist Ministers 1753 – 1835

 

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

You can page through the data with the controls at the foot of this table or search for a place or name.

 1753179017941798181118141823182718311835
Northamptonshire
Aldwinkle.......D. ParkinsD. ParkinsD. Parkins
Blisworth.......G. FoskettG. FoskettG. Foskett
Braunstone.John SimmonsJohn SimmonsJohn SimmonsS. NormanS NormanJoseph BateR. MillerR. MillerR. Miller
Braybrook.......J. Jarman Snr...
Brington Lt........---- HewittWm. HewittR. Tunly
Bugbrook....John WheelerJ WheelerJ. WheelerJohn WheelerJohn WheelerJ. Wheeler
Bythorn......William SimpsonWilliam SimpsonWilliam SimpsonWilliam Simpson
Burton Latimer....James PreslandJ PreslandJ PreslandJ Presland.---- Rees
Clipstone.John Webster MorrisJohn Webster MorrisJohn Webster Morris..John MackJohn MackJohn Mack---- Gough
Earls Barton..Thomas ShrewsburyJohn Timson..---- DeaconStephen Deacon..
Ecton.......John SmithJohn SmithJ. Smith
Gretton.William Butler.John Jarman...Thomas MillerW. C. BottomleyT. Mason
Guilsborough.John EdmondsJohn EdmondsJohn EdmondsJohn EdmondsJ EdmondsJames ClarkJames ClarkJ. ClarkJ. Clark
Hackleton.John LuckJohn LuckJohn Luck..William KnowlesWilliam KnowlesWilliam KnowlesW. Knowles
Harpole.......J. PatrickT. ChownJ. Chown
Hullaton..........
lrthlingborough.William HallWilliam HallWilliam HallW. HallW HallThomas AllenThomas Allen.J. Trimming
KetteringJohn BrownAndrew FullerAndrew FullerAndrew FullerAndrew FullerA FullerJohn Keen Hall AM.W. RobinsonW. Robinson
Kettering 2nd ch..John SatchellJohn Satchell....J. JenkinsonJ. JenkinsonJ. Jenkinson
Kingsthorpe.........R. Clark
Kislingbury....S. AdamsS Adams.T. WakeT. W. Wake.
Long BuckbyRichard HutchinsWilliam ColeWilliam ColeJames PreslanW. SteansW SteansJ. EdmondsRichard ClarkeW. CapernH. Capern
Middleton Cheny---- CarpenterThomas GreenThomas GreenThomas GreenR. DaviesR DavisW. E. BottomleyW. E. BottomleyB. HowlettG. Stonehouse
Milton.......T. MarriottT. MarriottT. Marriott
Moulton.Edward SharmanEdward SharmanJohn BarkerThos. BerridgeT BerridgeFrancis WheelerFrancis WheelerFrancis WheelerF. Wheeler
Northampton lst ch.Henry Davis, ---- TolleyJohn Ryland, jun...T. BlundellT BlundellThomas BlindellW. GrayW. GrayW. Gray
Northampton 2nd ch........W. Clarke..
Fish Lane..........
Northampton G.........W. Brand
Oundle......Benjamin Medlock---- MantonR. MantonR. Manton
Peterborough G........S. WrightS. Wright
Raunds......James RappittJames Rappitt..
Ravensthorpe......William GoodrichWilliam GoodrichWilliam GoodrichW. Goodrich
Ringstead---- TweltreeRobert TweltreeRobert TweltreeRichard GrindonRichard GrindonR GrindonJ. A. Jones---- MatthewsonL. J. AbingtonL. J. Abington
Roade (Rhode, Road).William HeightonWilliam HeightonWilliam HeightonW. HeightonW HeightonWilliam HeightonWilliam HeightonG. JaneG. Joyne
Rushden.William Knowles.______ Claypole---- PeacockW Peacock.Bean Farley.---- Whittemore
Rushden 2nd ch........---- Drawbridge---- Drawbridge---- Drawbridge
Thrapston..Reynold HoggReynold HoggW. RagsdellW RagsdellRichard MillerS. Green Jnr.S. Green.
Towcester.Thomas SkinnerWilliam AmphletThomas TaylorJ. BarkerJ BarkerJohn BarkerJohn BarkerJohn BarkerJ. Barker
WalgraveMoses DeaconAlexander PayneAlexander PayneAlexander PayneAlexr. PayneA PayneSamuel AdamsSamuel AdamsSamuel AdamsJ. Blackburn
Wellingborpugh........---- Drawbridge---- Drawbridge
West Haddon......Joseph BrooksR. BreezeG. H. OrchardW. Orchard
Weston-by-Weedon.John LawJohn LawJohn LawRd. ClarkR ClarkRichard ClarkW. ClarkR. ClarkW. Clarke
Woodford......Thomas Miller---- GibbsR. Tonkin.
Bedfordshire
Barton.......John WaringJohn WaringJohn Waring
BedfordJoshua Symonds.______ Hillyard.George Pinchard.Samuel Hillyard...
Bedford 2nd ch...Thomas Ranger...Thomas KingThomas KingThomas KingThomas King
BiggIeswade.James Bowers..Thomas Eisdell.Thomas MiddlewichThomas MiddlewichThomas Middlewich----
Blunham.Martin MayleMartin Mayle.S. Hawkins.John BeethamJohn BeethamJohn BeethamJ. Hindes
Carlton.John West..C. Vorley.C. VorleyC. VorleyC. VorleyC. Vorley
Cardington, Cotton End----William Kulpin______ Freeman.W. Freeman.John HollowayJohn HollowayJohn HollowayJ. Frost
Cranfleld----Ebenzer Keach_____ Wakefield.W. Wakefield.W. WakefieldW. W. SteersT. MillerT. Miller
Dunstable 1st ch. & Houghton Regis (from 1823)William Warster______ HughesFrancis Hughes.W. Anderson.W. Anderson..----
Dunstable 2nd ch........Daniel GouldDaniel GouldD. Gould
EvershallWilliam Wills.........
Keysoe.William DickensWilliam Dickens.W. Browne.Henry BottleHenry BottleHenry BottleB. Medlock
Leighton Buzzard 1st ch...Thomas Wake.T. Wake.Thomas WakeThomas WakeR. AdeyE. Adey
Leighton Buzzard 2nd ch..........----
Little Staughton----John EmeryJohn Emery.James Knight.Thomas Knight / EmeryJames KnightJames KnightJ. Knight
Luton.Thomas PillyThomas Pilly...Ebenzer DanielEbenzer DanielH. BurgessH. Burgess
Market Street.........J. Heath
Mauldon----William ColesWilliam Coles.Samuel Hobson Pæ..Samuel HonsonSamuel HonsonSamuel HonsonS. Honson
Potton....—Chapman.William CooperWilliam Cooper---- Blackstock---- Blackstock
Ridgemount.William PikeEdward Mabbutt.George Keely.William CuttrissWilliam CuttrissR. EdmondsonJ. Brookes
SharnbrookThomas NewtonRichard GrindonRichard Grindon.—Tandy.Joseph HindeJoseph HindeJ. HindesR. Emery
Shefford........W. BrownW. Brown
SouthilI.John GambyJohn Gamby.J. Patrick.Thomas TayThomas TayThomas TayT. Tay
StevingtonJoseph Clayton.James Pratt.J. Such.Joseph SuchJoseph Such.G. H. Orchard
Stotfold.........S. Stanbridge
Thorn.Richard Faulkner....R. Faulkner...
Toddington......Thomas RamseyThomas RamseyThomas RamseyW. Wood
Westoning......George DanceGeorge DanceT. ChewT. Chew
Wootton.........W. Early
Huntingdonshire
Bluntisham....Coxey Fairy.Samuel GreenSamuel GreenJ. SimmonsJ. Simmons
Bythorne.........S. Adcock
Great Catworth......Wm Rowlatt...
Great Gidding..John WhitmeeJohn Whitmee..W. CrockfordW. TandyW. TandyW. Tandy
Great Gransden---- KeymourJohn HowsopJohn HowsonRobert SkilliterR. Skilliter.Robert SkilletterRobert SkilletterRobert SkilletterS. Peters
Hale Weston---- Joyce.William Joyce---- AlcockJames Farley.Joseph PaggettSamuel FordhamSamuel FordhamS. Fordham
Kimbolton...Joshua NicholsJ. Nichols.John Hemming AMJohn Hemming AMJohn Hemming AMJ. Hemming
Needingworth.Thomas LadsonThomas LadsonThomas LadsonT: Ladson.Samuel SharwoodSamuel SharwoodSamuel SharwoodS. Sharood
Ramsey....---- Ingle.---- JarvisJ. A. JarvisT. JenkinsT. Jenkins
Somersham......Wm OrrisWm OrrisWm OrrisW. Orris
Spaldwick..John ManningJohn ManningJohn Manning.John ManningWilliam ManningJohn ManningJ. Manning
St. Ives 1st ch.....W. Peeke.Hugh McKenzieHugh McKenzieHugh McKenzie.
St. Ives 2nd ch..........Hugh McKenzie
St. Neots 1st ch....Thomas RandsT. Rands..George MurrellGeorge MurrellG. Murrell
St. Neots 2nd ch...........
Winwick..........
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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.

LocationChapelDate foundedDenominationDate closed
Abthorpe.1839Primitive Methodist1996
Addington, Great.1873BaptistClosed
Addington, Little.1844Wesleyan Methodist.
Adstone.1849Wesleyan Methodist.
Alconbury Weston.1850Baptist.
AldwinckleSt Peter's1797BaptistOpen
AmpthillDunstable Street1822BaptistOpen
Ashby St Ledgers.1845Congregational.
Ashleyand Wilsbarton1673Congregational1963
Ashton.1824Baptist.
Astcote1874Primitive Methodist.
BadbyChapel Lane1873URCOpen
Barby.1855Congregational.
Barnack..Wesleyan Methodist.
Barton in the Clay..Baptist.
BedfordBunyan Meeting1650BaptistOpen
BedfordMill Street1793Baptist.
BedfordCastle Lane1831Baptist.
BedfordCauldwell Street1861Baptist.
Bedford.1965BaptistOpen
BiggleswadeLondon Road1771BaptistOpen
BiggleswadeProvidence.Baptist.
Billing, Great.1836Wesleyan Methodist.
BlakesleyWoodend1813Baptist.
Blakesley.1850Wesleyan Methodist1957
BlisworthChapel Lane1794BaptistOpen
BlunhamHigh Street1724BaptistOpen
Bluntisham.1787Baptist.
Borough Fen.1836Congregational.
Boughton..Methodist.
Bozeat.1834Wesleyan Methodist.
Bozeat.1844Baptist.
Bozeat.1892Independent Methodist.
Brackley.1790Wesleyan Methodist.
Brackley.1800Wesleyan MethodistClosed
BrackleyBanbury Road1836URCOpen
Brackley.1863Baptist.
Bradden..Baptist.
Brafield on the GreenChapel Lane1829BaptistOpen
Brafield on the Green..Wesleyan Methodist.
Braunston.1788Baptist.
Braunston.1796Wesleyan Methodist.
Braunston.1797Wesleyan Methodist.
BraybrookeGriffin Road1793BaptistOpen
BrigstockMill Lane / School Lane1672URCOpen
Brigstock..Primitive Methodist.
Brington, Great.1854Baptist.
Brington, Little.1825BaptistOpen
BrixworthChurch Street1811Wesleyan MethodistClosed
Brixworth.1847Baptist.
BromhamVillage Road1924BaptistOpen
BroughtonUnion Chapel1850Independent.
BroughtonHigh Street1851BaptistOpen
Buckden.1861Baptist.
Buckingham.1842Baptist.
Bugbrooke.1647Quaker.
BugbrookeHigh Street1805Baptist.
Bugbrooke.1847Methodist.
Bulwick.1855Baptist.
Burton LatimerMeeting Lane1740BaptistOpen
Burton Latimer.1836Wesleyan Methodist.
Byfield.1827URCOpen
Bythorn.1811Baptist.
Carlton.1688Grace BaptistOpen
Castor.1848Congregational.
CastorWesleyan Methodist
Catworth.1841Baptist.
Chalcombe.1816Wesleyan Methodist.
Chapel Brampton..Wesleyan Reform.
CharltonKing's Sutton1827CongregationalClosed
Charwelton.1887Wesleyan Methodist.
Chelveston.1847Baptist.
Chipping Warden..Wesleyan Methodist.
Clifton.1842Baptist.
ClipstonChapel Lane1775BaptistOpen
CogenhoeStation Road1830BaptistOpen
Cold Ashby.1710Congregationalby 1850
CorbyMeeting Lane1706CongregationalClosed
CorbyElizabeth Street1824URCOpen
Corby.1847Methodist.
CorbyRowlett Road1955BaptistOpen
CorbyDanesholme Square.BaptistOpen
Cosgrove.1840Baptist.
CottinghamMiddleton1808CongregationalClosed
Cottingham.1808MethodistOpen
Cotton EndHigh Road1776BaptistOpen
Cranfield.1660Baptist.
CranfieldMount Zion1848Baptist.
Cranford.1834Baptist.
CreatonHigh Street1662URCOpen
CrickChapel Lane1662URCOpen
Crick..Primitive Methodist.
Croughton..Wesleyan Methodist.
Culworth.1809MoravianClosed
Culworth1834BaptistClosed
DaventrySheaf Street1672URCOpen
Daventry.1765Wesleyan Methodist.
DaventryNew Street1824Wesleyan Methodist.
DeanUpper Street1865URCOpen
Denford..Wesleyan Methodist1965
Denton.1802Baptist.
Desborough.1800Wesleyan Methodist.
Desborough.1845Calvinistic Baptist.
DesboroughStation Road1848BaptistOpen
DesboroughUnion Street1855URCOpen
Doddington, Great.1819Congregationalby 1950
Doddington, GreatChapel Lane1889URCOpen
Draughton..Congregational.
Duddington.1668Quaker.
Duddington.1830Congregational.
Duncote.1801Johnsonian Baptist1942
Dunstable.1691Baptist.
DunstableWest Street1803Baptist.
Duston.1844Baptist.
DustonMain Road1922URCOpen
Earith.1833Baptist.
Earls BartonWest Street1770BaptistOpen
Earls BartonRehoboth1872Strict Baptist1947
Earls Barton..Wesleyan Methodist.
East Farndon.1898Strict BaptistClosed
East Haddon.1812CongregationalClosed
EastcoteGayton Road1838BaptistOpen
Easton-on-the-hill.1827Wesleyan Methodist.
Eaton Bray.1837Baptist.
Ecton.1815Baptist1980
Ecton..Methodist.
EllingtonJireth1837Baptist.
Everdon.1811Congregationalby 1950
Eydon.1660Quaker1868
Eydon.1740Moravian.
Eydon..Wesleyan Methodist.
EyePrimitive Methodist
EyeUnited Methodist
Farthinghoe..Primitive Methodist.
FarthingstoneEverdon Road1846BaptistOpen
FinedonChurch Street1660Quaker1912
Finedon.1817Methodist.
Finedon.1874Wesleyan Reform.
Finedon.1894Calvinistic Baptist1906
Finedon..Independent1894
Flore1668Quaker
Floreand Wedon Pinkney, Chapel Lane1668URCOpen
Flore.1907Salvation Army.
Gayton.1845Baptist.
Geddington.1668Quaker.
GeddingtonQueen Street1672URCOpen
Geddington.1885Baptist.
Glinton..Congregational.
GlintonPrimitive Methodist
GodmanchesterCambridge Street1814Baptist.
GodmanchesterUnion Chapel1850Baptist.
Gransden, Great.1732Baptist.
Gransden, Little.1833Baptist.
Great Gidding.1784Baptist.
Great Houghton.1898Baptist.
Greens Norton.1802Wesleyan Methodist.
Greens Norton.1837Primitive Methodist.
Greens NortonDuncote1841Johnsonian.
Grendon.1813Baptist.
GrettonEbenezer, High Street1786BaptistOpen
Gretton.1841Methodist.
Grimscote.1839Baptist.
Guilsborough.1781Baptist.
HackletonCarey, Main Road1781BaptistOpen
Hail Weston.1757Baptist.
Hannington.1865Independent.
Hardingstone.1857Baptist.
Hargrave..Wesleyan Methodist1968
Harlestone.1830Baptist.
HarpoleHigh Street1808BaptistOpen
Harpole.1837Wesleyan Methodist.
Harringworth.1868Independent.
HarroldHigh Street1800URCOpen
Harrowden, Little.1882Wesleyan Methodist.
Hartwell.1814Wesleyan MethodistOpen
Hartwell.1819Baptist.
Heath.1776Baptist.
Hellidon.1813Wesleyan Methodist.
HelmdonWappenham Road1835BaptistOpen
HelpstonCalvinist
Helpston1863United Methodist
Helpston1871Primitive Methodist
Higham Ferrers.1720Baptist.
Higham Ferrers.1800Wesleyan Methodist.
Hinton.1820Methodist.
Holcot.1814Baptist1873
Holcot.1815Wesleyan Methodist.
Hollowell.1820Baptist.
Houghton Regis.1760Baptist.
Huntingdon.1823Baptist.
IrchesterEast Street1869Strict Baptist1941
Irchester.1877Primitive Methodist.
Irchester..Methodist.
Irchester, Little.1893Independent.
IrthlingboroughMeeting Lane1770Grace BaptistOpen
Irthlingborough.1808Wesleyan Methodist.
IrthlingboroughPovidence1898Gospel Standard BaptistOpen
Isham.1828Wesleyan Methodist.
IslipChurch Lane1825Baptist.
KetteringToller (Great Meeting)1662URCOpen
KetteringFuller (Gold Street)1696BaptistOpen
Kettering1668QuakerClosed
KetteringNorthall Street1706QuakerOpen
KetteringSilver Street1769Baptist.
Kettering.1783Wesleyan Methodist.
KetteringHogs Lay1800Wesleyan Methodist.
KeterringMarket Street (Parkstile Lane)1824Strict Baptist1824
KetteringEbenezer1824Strict Baptist.
KetteringJehovah Shalom, Wadcroft1871Strict Baptist1963
KetteringLondon Road1893URCOpen
KetteringCarey (King Street)1894BaptistOpen
KetteringBath Road1906Primitive Methodist.
KetteringRockingham Road1945BaptistOpen
KetteringCranford.BaptistOpen
KetteringRockingham Road.MethodistClosed
KetteringRockingham Road.Salvation ArmyOpen
Keysoe Brook End.1652BaptistClosed
Keysoe Row.1808BaptistOpen
Keysoe Row & Thurleigh.1978BaptistOpen
KilsbyChapel Street1662URCOpen
Kimbolton.1692Baptist.
King's CliffeChrist's Chapel1815Calvinist.
King's Cliffe.1821Independent1952
King's CliffeBridge Street1823Wesleyan Methodist.
Kings Sutton.1820Baptist.
KingsthorpeHigh Street1823BaptistOpen
KislingburyMill Road1809BaptistOpen
Kislingbury.1826Wesleyan Methodist.
LeightonLuke Street1776Baptist.
Leighton.1840Baptist.
LilbourneChapel Lane1820Methodist.
LitchboroughTowcester Road1862BaptistOpen
Loddington..CongregationalClosed
Long BuckbyBrington Road1707URCOpen
Long BuckbyMarket Place1743BaptistOpen
Long Buckby.1759Strict Baptist1924
Long BuckbyRobinson's Calvinistic Chapel1800Calvinist.
Lower Boddington..Wesleyan Methodist.
Luton.1689Baptist.
LutonDumfries Street, Ebenezer1832Baptist.
LutonWellington Street1836Baptist.
LutonCastle Street1836Baptist.
Lutton.1874Wesleyan Methodist.
Lutton..Baptist.
Maidford..Methodist.
Mauldenand Ampthill1768Baptist.
Maxey.1809CongregationalClosed
Mears Ashby.1843Wesleyan Methodist.
Mears Ashby.1847Baptist.
Middleton CheneyGreat Chapel1740Baptist.
Middleton Cheney.1844IndependentClosed
Middleton Cheney..Wesleyan Methodist.
Milton MalsorGreen Street1825BaptistOpen
Milton Malsor..Primitive Methodist.
Milton Malsor..Wesleyan Methodist.
Morton Pinkney.1837Baptist.
Moulton.1668Quaker.
Moulton.1680General Baptist.
MoultonCarey, West Street1780BaptistOpen
Moulton..Wesleyan Methodist.
Naseby.1825Wesleyan Methodist.
Nassington.1835Methodist.
Nassington.1839Independent.
Needingworth.1767Baptist.
Nether HeyfordThe Green1826BaptistOpen
Nether Heyford.1838Primitive Methodist.
New Bradwell..Baptist.
Newborough..Primitive Methodist.
NewbottleCharlton.Congregational.
Newham.1889Independent.
Newham..Wesleyan Methodist.

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