On Saturday 12th October 2019, 10:00am – 12:30pm, at Lenton Grove, Dr. Pam Fisher will talk about Reverend Henry Meriton and the beautification of Lutterworth church.
John Nichols tells us that Henry Meriton was a broken man when he died in 1710. He had restored and ‘beautified’ Lutterworth church following damage from a lightning strike, but his parishioners pursued a legal case against him in Chancery for misapplying the money raised. Other evidence points to deeper motivations and grievances. The testimony of townsfolk in the local church court speaks vividly of the tensions between the Anglican rector and the non-conformists in the period immediately following the Toleration Act of 1688.
Dr Fisher is Volunteer Project Manager for Leicestershire VCH and is currently working on the histories of Ibstock and Lutterworth, for publication in 2020 and 2021.
The Saturday Local History Seminars are organised by the University of Nottingham’s Department of History and are generally held on the second Saturday of the month at Lenton Grove. They are open to everyone with an interest in local and regional history. Booking is not necessary and the entry fee of £5 covers the cost of attending the seminar together with coffee and biscuits in the interval. The seminars start at 10.00 am and finish at approximately 12.30 pm.
Lenton Grove is most easily accessed via the West Gate (Beeston) on the main University of Nottingham campus. There is roadside parking approximately 100m beyond Lenton Grove, just past the School of Humanities building.
For further information about these seminars, contact: Prof. J.V. Beckett, Department of History, University Park, Nottingham. NG7 2RD
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