The Salience of the Home – 19th Century Baptist Women’s Domestic Role

In conjunction with the rise of separate spheres, the significance of women's work in the domestic sphere increased in the 19th century. Women were increasingly considered to be the "moral compass" of the family; they maintained their home as a safe-haven for spiritual growth and retreat for their children and husband. These beliefs were founded... Continue Reading →

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Expulsion in the 19th century Baptist Church

Discipline was part and parcel of the 19th century Baptist experience. Misbehaviour which was judged incongruent with the church's understanding of Christian life would be grounds for expulsion from the church membership - even if only on a temporary basis. What did expulsion entail in the 19th century? Read onwards to find out! John Gill,... Continue Reading →

The roots of homesickness

The word “homesick” first entered common parlance in the late 18th century. It accompanied a rising feeling of nostalgia for the home as it transitioned; no longer a place of residence or the locus of one’s business, it became a symbolic emblem of family, safety and love. The age of industrialisation gave cause for rising... Continue Reading →

A Domestic Cat-astrophy

On Tuesday, 21 May  1867 a peculiar case was presented to the Lewes Petty Sessions. A case of nuisance was brought against a Mr Robert Dennis Chantrell, a resident in Rottingdean. The complaint concerned Chantrell's residence, which was so inundated with animals, especially those of the feline persuasion, that it causing ill health on the... Continue Reading →

A murderous case of stolen trousers

On the 6th of April 1842 the Police Constable, William Gardner, was on duty in Wandsworth, when a tradesperson, Mr Collingbourn, approached him with a complaint. Local man, Daniel Good had stolen a pair of black trousers from his shop and he wished to press charges. Good was the coachman for Mr Shiell, in Putney,... Continue Reading →

The Mysterious Engagement of James Miller

In November 1841, James Miller published an advertisement in the Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette. In a couple of paragraphs, Miller offers the time, place, and method of a proposal for his beloved. However...in case she fails to reciprocate, he warns that an unfavourable answer will result in him forgetting her and finding a more... Continue Reading →

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