A one day Unconference to mark the Completion of the London Lives website
The Quakers of St. Dionis Backchurch, 1690-1800
This presentation builds on research for a PhD thesis on ‘Quaker Communities in London, 1667-c1714’, which involved the creation of a database of Quaker records for London and Middlesex. Quakers in the capital established a series of semi-separate communities, the most important of which could be found in the vicinity of the Gracechurch Street Meeting House in the City. This cluster included a small group of at least half a dozen householders in the parish of St Dionis Backchurch. The presentation will track the appearance of individual Quakers through the parish records digitised as part of the plebeian lives project. It will consider the extent to which this contributes to the development of a more nuanced picture of relations between Quakers and their parishes in later seventeenth and early eighteen century London, and whether it forces the author to rethink existing assumptions as the thesis is revised for publication.