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The London Historians Annual Lecture 2019

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Gresham College

30 Holborn

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EC1N 2HH

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From urbane to urban: the town clergyman in Hanoverian and Victorian London.

by Professor Arthur Burns

The idea of the ‘country clergyman’ is one of the most enduring stereotypes in the history of the Church of England: in comparison the ‘town’ clergyman has received little attention. An exception to this is the ‘slum clergyman’ of the late nineteenth century, who was perceived as a cleric possessing a combination of exceptional zeal and expertise to bring to what was understood to be a particularly demanding pastoral field.

Nowhere were such clerics more common than in London, especially in the East End. In comparison, the life of the country clergyman might seem a bucolic arcadian idyll, ripe to foster the mild eccentricity so often associated with it. But how did this understanding of the pastoral challenge presented by London align with earlier perceptions of the town clergyman’s life? When did it originate, and why?

This lecture explores the rather surprising history of the identification of, instructions regarding, and career paths associated with the performance of the office of the Anglican ministry in London over more than two centuries.



Prof. Arthur Burns

Arthur Burns is Professor of Modern British History at King's College, London, and served as Head of Department between 2004 and 2008 and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Education) 2014-17. He is currently academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme.



The talk will be preceded by a wine reception (including soft drinks).

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