Petts, David: Landscapes of Belief: Non-Conformist Mission in the North Pennines

D. Petts, ‘Landscapes of Belief: Non-Conformist Mission in the North Pennines’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, (2011).

Thanks to Greg Finch of the Altogether Archaeology Community Group for the reference to this article on North Pennines non-conformity by the historian David Petts which covers more  widely than Primitive Methodism. The abstract reads

‘In addition to the well-known foreign missionary activities of eighteenth and nineteenth-century churchmen, this same period saw campaigns of active proselytisation within Britain. Whether couched in terms referring to “religious revival” or “home mission” it had the same aim as foreign mission activity, namely to effect religious change. This paper explores the way in which the religious changes associated with these campaigns affected the landscape of the lead-mining districts of the North Pennines in northern England. A repeating cycle of preaching first outdoors, then indoors and then in purpose-built structures can be recognised.’

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