Early Nonconformity in Frome

 

The following names appear in John O. Lewis's "Early Nonconformity in Frome and District", a transcript of a lecture given to members of the Zion Church Guild in Frome about 1929.

 

Name

Origin

Status

Date

ACCORT, John

Rodden

Elder of Frome under Commonwealth

1640s

ALBIN, Rev Henry

Batcombe

Pastor at Rook Lane after Allein

1680s

ALLEN, Richard

Ditcheat

Joint minister of Frome district under Commonwealth, f/o Ric of Batcombe

1647

ALLEIN, Rev Richard M.A.

Batcombe

Succeeded Humfrie as nonconformist minister in Frome

1662

ALLEIN, William

 

Minister at Blandford

1660s?

AVERY, Mr

Frome

 

About 1645

AYRES, Matthew

 

Held Katherine Hill site before John West

1760s

BAILY, Benjamin

Frome

Gent, trustee of Zion congregation

1780s

BARNARD, Richard

 

Prebendary of Batcombe before Ric Allein

Before 1642

BILLINGSLEY, Nicholas

 

Preached at ordination of Thos Morgan

1716

BISHOP, Mr

 

Minister of Rook Lane

1780s

BLYTHE, Samuel

 

Minister of Rook Lane after John Bowden

1750

BOWDEN, Elizabeth

 

W/o Samuel

Mid C18

BOWDEN, Rev John

 

Minister of Rook Lane

Died 1750

BOWDEN, Dr Samuel

Frome

Leaseholder for Rook Lane

1743

BOWERMAN, Anthony

 

Vicar of Frome

1645

BOWLES, John

Frome

Gent; Party to Starvacre deed

1764

BRITTAIN, Mr

Frome

Preached to the Zionists who seceded from the Methodists

1770s

BROWN, Mr William

 

Frome subscriber to Calamy's book

1775

BROWNRIGG, Bishop

Berkshire?

Deserted diocese

1640s

BULL, Henry

Hall House

Churchwarden, armiger; leased land to Singers

1730s

BURKE, Mr

 

Preacher on the Methodist Circuit

About 1770

CALAMY, Dr

 

Author of "The Nonconformist Memorial"

Mid C18

CARTRIGHT, Dr John

 

Professor of Theology at Cambridge

1566

CHAMPNEYS, Dorothy

 

D/o John, w/o Robert Smith

Died about 1721

CHAMPNEYS, John

 

[Lord of the Manor of Orchardleigh

C17]

CHAPMAN, John

Frome

Cordwainer, trustee of Zion congregation

1780s

CLARK, John

London

Printer, Poultry

1717

CLIFT, Mr

 

Pastor at Zion after Edm. Denham

1790s

CORRIE, Rev

 

Pastor of Rook Lane after Sam Blythe

1750s?

COTTON family

Warminster

Worshippers at Horningsham Chapel

C16/17

CROMWELL, Lord

 

Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor

1536

CROSS, Nicholas

Trowbridge

Clerk; Party to Starvacre deed

1764

DANIEL, Prebendary

Frome

 

1886

DAVID, Job

 

Minister of Sheppard's Barton, Frome

1775

DENHAM, Edmund

 

Pastor at Zion after Geo Mantle

1780s?

DRIVER, Lebbeus

Frome

Clerk; Party to Starvacre deed

1764

EAST, Timothy

 

Pastor at Zion after John Hyatt

1800s

EDGELL, Rev. E.M.R.

 

Rector of Rodden, descendant of Methwyn, A.

Died early C20

EDWARDS, James

 

Glazier; left Zion Chapel as trustee by Tim Lacey

1830

FERNIE, Mr

 

Pastor at Zion

Died 1850

FISHER, Daniel

Warminster

Clerk; Party to Starvacre deed

1764

FORWARD, Israel

 

Granted joint lease by Thomas Lacey for Katherine Hill meeting house

1743

GIBBONS, Sarah

 

Widow of Will

1734

GIBBONS, Will

 

Holder of land SE of Katherine Hill site

Died before 1734

GWATKIN, Rev

 

Pastor at Rook Lane after Mr Williams

1750s?

HOUSTON, Rev Dr Alexander

 

Asst minister at Rook Lane, led secession to Starvacre

1744

HUNTINGDON, Countess of

 

Received appeal to send students to preach to the Zionists at Frome

1770s

HYATT, John

 

Pastor at Zion after Clift; went to London

1799

KENSYCKE, Mr

Parson

Castle Cary

About 1536

FAIRCLOUGH, Mr

Mells

Joint minister of Frome district under Commonwealth

1647

FAIRFAX, General

 

Led Parliamentarian forces in Frome

1643

GLANVILL, Joseph

 

Vicar of Frome after Humfrie, later of Street, then Rector of Bath

1662

HACKETT, Robert

 

Co-occupier of Katherine Hill site

1734

HERTFORD, Countess of

 

Friend of the Thynnes and Mrs Rowe, Later Duchess of Soms

Early C18

HORNER, George

Cloford

Elder of Frome under Commonwealth

1640s

HORNER, Sir John

Lye

Elder of Frome under Commonwealth

1640s

HORNER, Thomas

Mells

Elder of Frome under Commonwealth

1640s

HUMFRIE, John

 

First nonconformist minister in Frome, ejected 1662

1649-62

IVYLEAF, Mr Joseph

 

Built chapel for Rook Lane meeting

1690s?

JAMES, Rev Joseph

 

Pastor of Rook Lane

C18/19?

JENKINS, Richard

 

Vicar of Street, then Frome after Glanville

1672

JESSER, John

Frome

Mercer, bought land for Rook Lane Church

1706

KEN, Bishop

 

Bishop of Frome

Ealy C18

KINGMAN, Margaret

Frome

Mother of Margaret Smith

1706

LACEY, Anne

 

Grandmother of Thomas

Living 1744

LACEY, Charles

 

Gs/o Anne

1745

LACEY, Eleanor

 

D/o Wm Sheppard, married Timothy Lacey

1740s?

LACEY, Thomas

 

Carpenter, sold Katherine Hill site by Walter Singer

1734

LACEY, Timothy

 

Gs/o Anne, leased Katherine Hill meeting house to John West

1765

LACEY, Timothy

Frome

Nph and gs of Tim, inherited Katherine Hill site

1780s

LAUD, Archbishop

 

 

Executed 1643

LAWRENCE, Rev

 

Pastor at Rook Lane after Rev Perrot

1767

MANTLE, George

 

Student at Trevucca; first resident pastor at Zion

1780s?

MAYES, Isaac

 

Last surviving member of old church at Rook Lane

Died 1801

METHUEN, Lord

 

of Boer War fame, descendant of A. Methwyn

Late C19/early C20

METHWYN, Anthony

 

Vicar of Frome for 30 years

Died 1640

MILES, Robert

Nunney

Clothier; Party to Starvacre deed

1764

MILLETT, Ruth

 

Servant of Tim Lacey, left Zion Chapel as trustee; married Jas Edwards

1830

MOORE, Mr

Batcombe?

Nonconformist, former M.P.

1650s?

MORGAN, Thomas

 

Ordained at Frome

1716

MORTIMER, Edward

 

Held land belonging to Margaret Smith on Rook Lane site

1706

NEWPORT, Arthur

 

Contemporary of Lewis

1920s

PALMER, Samuel

 

Publisher of Calamy's book

1775

PARSONS, Charles

Frome

Glover, trustee of Zion congregation

1780s

PERROT, Rev

 

Pastor at Rook Lane after Rev Pope

1760s?

PHILIPS, Humphrey

Somerton

Pastor at Rook Lane after Albin

Died 1707

PIERCE, Bishop

 

Episcopalian under Commonwealth

1640s

PILGRIM FATHERS

 

Emigrants to New England

1620

POPE, James

E. Woodlands

Builder of Rook Lane Church

1706

POPE, Rev

 

Pastor at Rook Lane after Rev Gwatkin

1760s?

PORTNELL, Miss

Ilchester

Married Walter Singer

Late C17?

POWELL, John

 

Apprentice to Samuel Bowden C18

 

PRATER, Capt

 

Held land adjoining Rook Lane site

1706

PRIOR, Matthew

 

Friend of Elizabeth Rowe

Early C18

REEDE, Christopher

 

Joint minister of Frome district under Commonwealth

1647

RICHARDS, Samuel

 

Provided Frome Methodists with a meeting house

1760s

ROGERS, Andrew

W. Woodlands

Clothier, bought land for Rook Lane Church

1706

ROUSE, Mary

 

W/o Thomas

Died 1796

ROUSE, Thomas

 

Deacon of Rook Lane

Died 1810

ROWE, Rev Benoni

London?

Well connected f/o Thomas

C17

ROWE, Elizabeth

Ilchester

D/o Walter Singer, b 1674, wrote religious works

Died 1736/7

ROWE, Thomas

Hampstead

Married Elizabeth in 1710; buried Bunhill Fields

1715

ROWE, William

 

Wealthy f/o Benoni

C17

SCOTT, Alice

 

Married Wm Rowe

C17

SCOTT, Thomas

 

F/o Alice, M.P. for Aylesbury, Bucks

C17

SHEPPARD, John

 

Bought manor of Catherine Hill from Champneys

About 1660

SHEPPARD, John

 

S/o John Sr, founder of Frome manufacturing dynasty

Early C18

SHEPPARD, William

 

S/o John Jr

Early C18

SHRAPNELL, James

Trowbridge

Clothier; Party to Starvacre deed

1764

SIBREE, Rev John

 

Minister of Rook Lane Church

1790

SIBREE, John

 

Member of Rook Lane Church, educated for ministry

1815

SIBREE, Peter

 

S/o John, member of Rook Lane Church, educated for ministry

1819

SINGER, Walter

 

Purchaser of land for Rook Lane Chapel

Died 1719

SINGER, Sarah

 

D/o Walter, Ss/o William, co-lessee

1734?

SINGER, Walter

 

Victualler, leased land by Henry Bull

1734?

SINGER, William

 

S/o Walter, co-lessee

1734?

SINKINS, James

 

Draper, represented Zion trustees in land negotiations

1810

SMITH, John

Combehay

Only son and heir of John Smith, s/o Robert

1777

SMITH, John

Littleton

S/o Robert, sold land for Rook Lane Church to be built

1706

SMITH, Margaret

 

Married Robert Smith

1699

SMITH, Robert

Frome

Owner of Rook Lane House

Died 1714

SMITH, Mr Robert

 

S/o Robert [later bought Manor of Foxcote]

Died 1703?

THYNNE, Sir John

 

Employed Scots Presbyterian builders

1640s

TREASURE, John

 

Co-occupier of Katherine Hill site

1734

TYNDALE, William

 

Translator of the Bible

Executed 1536

THYNNE, [Thomas?]

 

Lord Weymouth, owner of Longleat, friend of Mrs Rowe and Bishop Ken

Early C18

TROTMAN, Daniel

 

S/o Edward, Zion trustee

1808

TROTMAN, Edward

 

Leather currier

Late C18

TUCKER, Mr

Corsley

Wesleyan farmer who joined the Frome Zionists

1770s

WATTS, Dr Isaac

 

Friend of Elizabeth Rowe

Early C18

WESLEY, Charles

 

Preached in Frome

About 1752

WEST, John

 

Leased Katherine Hill Meeting House from Tim Lacey for Moravians

1765

WHITFIELD, George

 

Preached in Frome

Later C18

WILKES, Matthew

London

Pastor? at Tottenham Court Rd Chapel

Early C19

WILKINS, Hugh

 

Held land NE of Katherine Hill site formerly held by Walter Singer

1734

WILLIAMS, Mr

 

Pastor at Rook Lane after Rev Corrie

Died 1750s?

WILLIAMS, Mr

 

Pastor at Rook Lane after Mr Williams

1750s?

WINCANTON, Curate of

 

Hostile to nonconformist tendencies

About 1536

WRIGHT, William

 

Joint minister of Frome district

1647

YEOMAN, Capt John

 

2nd Soms Regt Militia

1810