The Early Modern Commons

Faith in the Town: Lay Religion, Urbanisation and Industrialisation in England, 1740-1830

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Launching the Faith in the Town teaching and learning resources

26 November 2021

The project team have been working with R.E. teacher Dr Kate Christopher and graphic designer David Caunce to produce a range of free resources for schools. The lessons are based on...

Signing off for Faith in the Town

22 November 2021

Hannah Barker Archangel Gabriel figure in lead-glazed earthenware with enamelled decoration and impressed and painted motto, attributed to Sherratt Pot Bank, Staffordshire, c. 1820,...

‘This little Book important truths shall teach, / Its plan instruct you, and its pages preach.’ Pocket Diaries and Piety

7 September 2021

If you look through the catalogues of any record office in Britain for something labelled ‘diary’ in the eighteenth century, it is most likely to be a pocket diary. These small...

‘Worldly Labour’: Sabbath-breaking in industrial England

11 August 2021

Sabbath observation was considered the cornerstone of Christian belief. As the anonymous-authored devotional manual The Christian’s New Year’s Gift (1764) stated, ‘The sabbath,...