The Church Book of the Independent Church (now Pound Lane Baptist), Isleham, 1693-1805. An intimate record of the administrative , social and spiritual life of a dissenting church,in a rural area in the 18th century
The Church Book of the Independent Church (now Pound Lane Baptist), Isleham, 1693-1805.
Edited by Kenneth A. C. Parsons
The Isleham Church Book contains the record of two Independent churches: the Calvinistic church founded by David Culy at Guyhirn near Wisbech in 1693, up to 1699, and an offshoot of that church established at Isleham in 1706 and embracing congregations in neighbouring Soham, Burwell and West Row in Mildenhall.
The book is remarkable for very detailed insight it provides into the administrative and spiritual life of the church, the family history of its members (who came from a wide area of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk) and the social fabric of this rural area in the eighteenth century.
The editor has organised a much confused record to provide a readable text without detracting from its authenticity. This is accompanied by an historical introduction and an appendix of biographical notices of the many dissenting ministers, several of national importance, connected with the church during the period covered by the book.