Church, State and Society, 1760–1850 by William Gibson

By William Gibson

`...a very powerful survey of an immense topic on British political and social history...' - Andrew Chandler, Midland historical past `...this publication successfully discharges its proclaimed purpose...a sound, profitable and informative survey.' - Ian Christie, The magazine of Ecclesiastical background `...the quantity presents a balanced and helpful evaluate of the newest scholarship on a tremendous interval in church history...' - Carla H. Hay, Albion `...a helpful and balanced survey of the of the verified Church on the accession of George III...for someone looking a simple up to date survey, this is often the ebook to start with...a very precious book...' - John man, The magazine of Welsh non secular heritage during this wide-ranging publication, William Gibson examines the primary topics within the constructing dating among the church buildings, the country and society among 1760 and 1850. between different concerns this ebook examines the involvement of the Church of britain in Politics, the improvement of a clerical occupation, the paintings of the bishops and clergy, the industrial place of the church, the Church's response to the French and American Revolutions, the workout of Church Patronage via premiers, the improvement of Church events, the expansion of Toleration, the response of the church buildings to industrialisation, the Halevy debate, the reform of the church after 1830, the improvement of Nonconformity and the country of faith and social teams in 1850.

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Horsley licensed 38 The Established Church in 1760 them, imposing a minimum stipend of £15. He also improved the standard of clerical education in his diocese and supported church repair. Bishop Thomas Burgess of St David's furthered Horsley's educational work with the creation of St David's College, Lampeter for the education of men training for Orders. W. T. Morgan's assertion that Thomas Burgess stood out as 'a shining exception' among the bishops cannot be supported, for while he was an excellent bishop he was not an exception.

In 1783, the Salisbury visitation revealed that only five Wiltshire churches had less than one weekly service. Elsewhere figures for two Sunday services, or 'double duty', are respectable: in Chester diocese in 1778 it stood at 66 per cent; in Oxford diocese in 1783 it stood at 85 per cent; in Shropshire and Hereford archdeaconries 83 per cent and 63 per cent between 1716 and 1722. In the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1764, 91 per cent of churches had two services and in south Lancashire the figure reached 95 per cent.

Thus was the parson turned into a 'squarson'. In Oxfordshire, the enclosures created a gulf between the dispossessed yeoman class and the clerical landowners. Occasionally, as in the case of the Vicar of Headington in 1819, a clergyman protested against the effects enclosures had on the poor. But clergy were understandably attracted to enclosures, particularly given the example of the richest living in the country, Doddington in Cambridgeshire, where fen drainage and enclosures caused the parish's income to rise to £7306.

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