Particular Baptists from 1689 to the present time — Ministers — Churches — Associations — Members, &c.
In 1708, according to Morgan Edwards' list,6 the whole number of churches in England, Wales and Ireland, was — 317. General Baptists, — 71.
Particular do., — 246.7
In 1798, Rippon's Register makes the number of churches of the Particular Baptist — 361.
Baptist churches in London.
1. Mr. Stennett was the man who answered Russen's work, entitled Fundamentals without a foundation; or, a true picture of the Anabaptists, which has already been noticed. This was in 1706. So well did he execute that work, that his brethren requested him to undertake a complete history of baptism. This work, although begun, was not completed.
2. Mr. Stinton made considerable progress in compiling a history of the English Baptists. His materials were afterwards used by Crosby.
3. Author of the Scripture Manual.
4. Ivimey's History of English Baptists, Vol. I., pp. 138-140.
5. From all the fragments of history, I am inclined to the belief that baptist churches, under various circumstances, have existed in England from the time of William the Conqueror, four or five centuries prior to those of which any definite accounts have come down to us; and that the more the history of the dark ages is explored, the more this opinion will be confirmed. Baptist churches, in persecuting times, are merely household affairs, — which must, of necessity, be hid from public view. More than three centuries had elapsed before any of the baptists in England had any knowledge that a church of their order once existed in Chesterton, in 1457. Mr. R. Robinson brought the facts to light by examining the MS. records of the old bishop of Ely; and no doubt many other such discoveries might be made, if similar records were consulted.
Thomas Gunne, John Spilsbury, Paul Hobson, Hansard Knollys, John Mabbitt, Samuel Richardson, Thomas Goare, Thomas Holmes, Benjamin Cockes, Thomas Munden, William Kiffin, Christopher Duret, Thomas Kilicop, George Tipping, Thomas Patient, Denis Le Barbier.
[From David Benedict, A General History of the Baptist Denomination, 1848; rpt. 1977, pp. 336-338.]