A man more sinned against than sinning? Reverend Henry Meriton and the beautification of Lutterworth church
Speaker: Dr Pam Fisher
John Nichols tells us that Henry Meriton was a broken man when he died in 1710. He had restored and ‘beautified’ Lutterworth church following damage from a lightning strike, but his parishioners pursued a legal case against him in Chancery for misapplying the money raised. Other evidence points to deeper motivations and grievances. The testimony of townsfolk in the local church court speaks vividly of the tensions between the Anglican rector and the nonconformists in the period immediately following the Toleration Act of 168.
Dr Fisher is Volunteer Project Manager for Leicestershire VCH and is currently working on the histories of Ibstock and Lutterworth, for publication in 2020 and 2021.
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