Protestant Nonconformity in Belton

Belton General Baptist Church
Belton General Baptist Church

Belton is in north Leicestershire, 6 miles west of Loughborough.

There were 8 Protestant nonconformists noted in 1676, two of whom were women, and also 9 Catholics, including 8 women. There were 205 Anglican communicants.[1]

New Connexion General Baptists

The chapel was built in 1813, and had 60 members in 1829.[2] On 30 March 1851 there was just a single service, in the afternoon, attended by 70 people, while 36 were at the Sunday School attached to this church.[3]

Wesleyan Methodists

This chapel, which no longer exists, was built in 1821 and had 100 free and 57 other sittings.[4] There were 50 Wesleyan Methodists in Belton in 1829.[5] On census Sunday in 1851, there were 36 at the afternoon service and 92 present in the evening.[6]

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[1] A. Whiteman, The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (London, 1986), p. 329

[2] ROLLR, QS 95/2/1/64

[3] TNA, HO 129/415/30

[4] TNA, HO 129/415/31

[5] ROLLR, QS 95/2/1/64

[6] TNA, HO 129/415/31

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