Birch: Nonconformity

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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10, Lexden Hundred (Part) Including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 2001.

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There was one Quaker in 1664, and in 1705 Thomas Bundock's house was licensed for Quaker meetings. (fn. 1) A few Quakers were reported in 1790 and two families in 1810, who presumably attended the Copford meeting. In 1810 some Independents attended a meeting in Layer Breton. (fn. 2) Primitive Methodists were recorded at Heckford Bridge in 1870-1. (fn. 3)


  • 1. Guildhall, MS. 9583/2, part iv; E.R.O., Q/SBb 33/1-2.
  • 2. Lamb. Pal. Libr., Porteus Papers 24; Randolph Papers 9; E.R.O., Q/CR 3/1/33; below, Copford, Nonconf.
  • 3. E.R.O., D/NM 19/1/3.