Broadmead Baptist Church was founded in 1640 by five individuals with a concern for the right to worship according to conscience. Prominent among these was Dorothy Hazzard. In spite of persecution by the civil and established church authorities, the church grew steadily stronger in numbers to the end of the 17th century.
The 'Broadmead Records', a diary started by one of the founders, Edward Terrill, and continued by others, tells of these persecutions and the determination of the early congregation not to be crushed. Terrill left his personal fortune to Broadmead; this paid the minister's stipend for many years, and also financed the establishment of the world's first training establishment for Free Church ministers, that eventually became the Bristol Baptist College.
GPS Coordinates: 51.45755, -2.59155
- Added: 29 Dec 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2630975
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