Protestant Nonconformity in Prestwold and Hoton

Prestwold

Prestwold is a hamlet around 15 miles north of Leicester. Prestwold Hall stands in large grounds and was extensively remodelled in the 1840s.

There were five nonconformists living here in 1676.[1] Three Baptists and two Quakers were noted within the parish (including Hoton and Cotes) in 1709 and 1712.[2] No nonconformity was noted in 1829 or 1851.

Hoton

The village of Hoton is around 15 miles north of Leicester, and 4 miles north-east of Loughborough, the nearest market town.

There was one dissenter in 1676.[3]

Primitive Methodists

Twenty Primitive Methodists met here for worship in 1829,[4] but no return was made to the 1851 religious census.

Wesleyan Methodists

The Wesleyan Methodists began meeting ‘by the Loughborough and Nottingham Road’ in about 1810, ‘in lieu of another place in another place’, in a chapel built exclusively for worship. There were 80 free seats, 40 other seats and room for 40 people standing.[5] A congregation of 40 people was meeting here in 1829.[6] There was just a single service on census Sunday in March 1851, in the evening, attended by 44 people, although the usual service was in the mornings, with an average attendance of 50.[7]

 

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[1] A. Whiteman, The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (London, 1986), p. 338

[2] J. Broad (ed.), Bishop Wake’s Summary of Visitation Returns from the Diocese of Lincoln, 1706-1715 (Oxford, 2012), II, p. 820

[3] A. Whiteman, The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (London, 1986), p. 338

[4] ROLLR, QS 95/2/1/48

[5] TNA, HO 129/415/72

[6] ROLLR, QS 95/2/1/148

[7] TNA, HO 129/415/72