The Religious Census of Cumbria, 1851

May 2019
2 black and white, 1 line illustrations
480 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
Publications of the Surtees Society
ISBN: 9780854440788
Format: Hardback
Surtees Society
BISAC HIS037060, REL015000, REL016000

The Religious Census of Cumbria, 1851

Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness

Edited by Alan Munden

An edition, with introduction and notes, of the unique census for religious worship, in north-east England.
In 1851, for the only time in British history, a count of those attending any place of religious worship was held alongside the usual decennial census of the population. Its purpose was to investigate the extent of church and chapel attendance, and to identify where more places of worship were required - but as an incidental consequence, it also identified the strengths and weaknesses of nearly forty religious bodies, overwhelmingly of Christian churches, but also including the Jewish community. The figures suggested that something like a quarter of the population had then chosen not to attend a place of worship, a striking finding in an allegedly religious age.
This volume is an edition of the census for Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness. An introduction sets the census in context; a detailed description of each place of worship follows, showing for instance the numbers who attended the various churches, the age of the church, its endowment if any, and comments from those who completed the form. The census returns are supplemented with notes, and also by a list of those places of worship overlooked by the census.

ALAN MUNDEN is an Anglican clergyman; he has served in parishes in Cheltenham, Coventry and Jesmond, in all three places writing extensively on aspects of local ecclesiastical history.

Table of Contents

Editorial Conventions
The Religious Census of Cumbria, 1851
Appendix 1: Summaries by Registration District
Appendix 2: Summary totals, by denomination, by place of worship and by numerical strength
Appendix 3: Places of worship not listed in the Religious Census
Appendix 4: Bishops, deans, chancellors and archdeacons, c.1800-c.1900
Appendix 5: The consecration of Anglican churches and chapels in the diocese of Carlisle
Appendix 6: The consecration of Anglican churches and chapels in the diocese of Chester
Index of persons
Index of places

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