Protestant nonconformity in Hose

Hose is a village in north Leicestershire, 8 miles north of Melton Mowbray.

There were 12 nonconformists in 1676.[1] There were 42 families comprising 200 people in the village in 1709, of which 7 were said to be Quakers, 4 Papists, 2 Anabaptists and 1 Presbyterian. It is not clear whether those numbers relate to families or people, but three years later the curate’s return is clearer: there were then 2 families of Catholics, 2 families of Quakers and 4 families of Presbyterians. The Baptists are not mentioned.[2]

Thomas Peeking registered his house for Protestant worship in 1791, as did William Rouse in 1800.[3]

A Baptist chapel was built in 1818, and extended in 1841 to provide room for 245 people. On census Sunday in 1851, 62 people attended in the morning and 129 in the evening, and 55 attended the morning and afternoon Sunday school.[4] In addition to the Baptist chapel, there was also a Primitive Methodist chapel in 1895.[5]

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

[2] . Broad (ed.), Bishop Wake’s summary of visitation returns from the diocese of Lincoln, 1706-1715. Part 2, Outside Lincolnshire (Huntingdonshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Buckinghamshire) (Oxford, 2012), p. 765

[3] ROLLR, QS 44/1/2

[4] TNA, HO 129/418/61

[5] Kelly’s Dir. (1895) p. 90