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Broad Street Chapel & the Origins of Dissent in Reading by Geoff Sawers

Broad Street Chapel & the Origins of Dissent in Reading


Broad Street Chapel & the Origins of Dissent in Reading by Geoff Sawers

The ornate and impressive facade of Broad Street Congregational Chapel, one of the jewels of Reading's town centre conceals a fascinating past. The author chronicles the life of the building and its origins, from the Lollards of the 1400s through Puritanism and persecution in the 1500s and 1600s, respectability in the 1800s and finally decline in the 1960s. Now that the building has been rescued from dereliction and restored as a bookshop, few shoppers appreciate its religious significance or know about the people whose lives centred upon it for so many centuries. In this comprehensive and recently revised account, the story of the chapel is told in its entirety, right up to the present day.

About the Author

Born a mile from St George's Hill, Geoff Sawers moved to Bristol, Guildford, Reading, Taunton, Swansea and then back to Reading. If you draw it on a map it looks like either a stealth bomber or a butterfly, but neither was intentional. He has been stung by hornets, kicked by horses and bitten by a mole cricket in pursuit of his art; can identify military aircraft in flight but has never driven a car; loves Black Metal but his favourite sound is silence. He is an artist and poet and lives with his wife Dani Hall and their three small children.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2012


Geoff Sawers

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Two Rivers Press


64 pages


Local history
History of religion



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