The Society for the Reformation of Manners in Hull, 1698-1706

'Favour'd with the Lord's Wonders'

Editor(s) Daniel Reed

Language: English

Genre(s): Religion, History

  • December 2022 · 160 pages ·210x148mm

  • · Paperback - 9781786839558
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786839565
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786839572

About The Book

The Society for the Reformation of Manners in Hull was formed in 1698 by religiously-inspired mariners, merchants and tradesmen who aimed to hinder the spread of sin and wickedness in their town. Their methods included initiating prosecutions against their neighbours’ transgressions, and sponsoring sermons on the subject of spiritual reformation. Unlike other religious societies of this period, the majority of the leading members in the Hull society were Dissenters from the Church of England. For many nonconformists, the period represented a providential ‘now or never’ moment for moral reform. The Society’s activities shed considerable light on the degree to which High Churchmen were willing to tolerate the Toleration. An exceptional survival for a regional society for the reformation of manners, this volume presents their records in full for the first time, with an introductory essay analysing its origins, membership, methods, and ultimate decline.


Minute Book of the Society for the Reformation of Manners in Hull, 1698-1706
Schedule of Prosecutions, 1698-1705

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed is Public Engagement Manager and Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, at Oxford Brookes University.

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