Protestant Nonconformity in Ashby Folville

Ashby Folville is about 14 miles north-east of Leicester.

The main form of dissent from the Church of England in Ashby Folville in 1676 was Catholicism, and only two Protestant dissenters were noted.[1] By 1706, the village was said to contain 10-12 dissenters, mostly Presbyterians, and the same number of Catholics.[2]

No return was made to the 1829 census of religious meeting houses, but by 1851 a congregation of Particular Baptists met in a windmill, although they held no services on Sundays.[3]

No nonconformist chapels are noted in 19th- or early 20th-century trade directories.


[1] A. Whiteman, The Compton Census of 1676: A Critical Edition (London, 1986), p. 337

[2] J. 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. 808

[3] TNA, HO 129/418/4

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