Tuesday, 14 November 2006

the rough congregation

Looking at the site of a church near Crowborough, East Sussex, Forest Fold Baptist Chapel (in Ashdown Forest), this on its history page made me laugh:

So rough looking were the original worshippers [in the 1830s] that when a Mr Sedgwick came from Brighton one Sunday to preach he commented afterwards, “Well, Doggett, I never preached to such a congregation as that before. I did not know how the time went, as I was afraid to let them see I had a watch”.

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