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Letter to the Editor: Prayers for the Dead at Remembrance Services

Prayers for the Dead at Remembrance Services   Sir, Remembrance Sunday is an important and poignant landmark in our nation’s annual calendar, and a day to reflect, give thanks and pray for peace. We see church and civic life combine in silence and remembrance, as...

Evangelical Theological College of Asia

Evangelical Theological College of Asia Have you ever wondered if there was a sound reformed theological training institution in Asia?  The Evangelical Theological College of Asia is just such a school.  It is located in Singapore and its faculty are mostly from...

Prudence Dailey’s Commentary: Should Women Be Afraid of Men?

Prudence Dailey's Commentary Should Women be Afraid of Men? Recently, someone I used to work with shared on her Facebook page a link to an article from The Times magazine by the feminist writer Caitlin Moran. The substance of Ms Moran’s piece—rhetorically addressed to...

FIEC Updates Its “Values Statement”

FIEC Updates Its “Values Statement” The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches recently updated its “Values Statement.”  It is well-worth your time to read.  There are FIEC affiliated congregations in England, Scotland, and Wales.   1. God-honouring and...

Death of LENORA HAMMOND

Lenora Hammond 1960-2021 Mrs Lenora Hammond, wife of Frontline Fellowship founder Dr Peter Hammond, died on 9 November.  She was six days short of her sixty-first birthday.  Frontline Fellowship is headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. Mrs Hammond was born into a...

Archbishops’ Appointments Secretary to Retire

Archbishops’ Appointments Secretary to Retire “The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have paid tribute to the service of Caroline Boddington, who has announced she will be leaving the National Church Institutions (NCIs) at the end of 2021 after 17 years as the...

Book Review: The Lullingstone Secret

The Lullingstone Secret Jill Masters Wakeman Press, 2021 (ISBN: 9781913133115, 97pp, £5.95) Lullingstone Villa in Kent is a fascinating site to visit whatever one’s awareness of ancient history and is lavishly curated by English Heritage. Since its excavation in the...

Book Review: The Welsh Methodist Society

The Welsh Methodist Society The Early Societies in South-West Wales 1737-1750 Eryn M. White University of Wales Press, 2021 (ISBN: 9781786835796, 350pp, £24.99) In many respects, the church in Britain continues to live off the puttering afterglow of the eighteenth...

Eastern Rite Catholics: What Are They?

Eastern Rite Catholics What Are They? Former Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali’s recent defection to Rome has highlighted earlier efforts of the Roman Catholic Church to bring other ecclesiastical jurisdictions into its orbit.  There are a total of twenty-three which have...

Plaque Commemorating the Martyrdom of William Bamford Unveiled

Plaque Commemorating Martyrdom of William Bamford Unveiled

By Stephen Toms

A plaque has been erected to the memory of William Bamford in the town of Harwich, where he was burned for his Protestant faith on 15th June, 1555.  William Bamford, sometimes called William Butler, was a native of Coggeshall, and was a weaver by trade.  The exact spot where the martyrdom took place is not known but it is thought that it would have been in what was known as the ‘punishment area,’ and the Essex Protestant Council (EPC) therefore arranged for the plaque to be placed on the New Bell Inn, in a street called Outpart Eastward, which is in that area.  

A meeting was organised by the EPC to mark the occasion and this was held on 16th October, the anniversary of the burning of Latimer and Ridley at Oxford.  The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Harwich, who, with other councillors, has shown great interest in this cruel burning.  Mr David Butler led the meeting and Mr Charles Scott-Pearson, general secretary of the Protestant Alliance, ably addressed the gathering, preaching from Deuteronomy 8.  The Gospel was clearly presented, the Protestant position plainly emphasised.

There were other inhabitants of Coggeshall tried with William Bamford and these persons were sent to different parts of Essex, witnessing to their belief in the teaching of the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and protesting against the false teaching of Romanism.  One of them was Thomas Osmond  who was burned in nearby

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