Contact from the other side of the world!

Maurice Large, Acting Church Secretary, writes: “The short biographies of our past ministers which I have been writing and which are posted on our website have prompted a query which has recently landed in my inbox from Robert O’Connor of Christchurch, New Zealand. Robert is a descendant of Rev. Benjamin Bennet, our last minister at Close Gate Meeting House, being a direct descendant of Bennet’s sister Mary.  He was asking about my assertion that Bennet was related to Rev. Timothy Manlove, who was assistant to Richard Gilpin.  I was able to refer him to David Wykes, the Director of Dr Williams’ Library in London and also a member at Leicester Great Meeting, a Unitarian congregation with a chapel dating from 1708.”

November 2017