Category Archives: religion

Catherine Booth – of Salvation Army fame but also a temperance reformer

Photo of Catherine Booth in Clacton-on-Sea in 1889, courtesy of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. Catherine is best known for her work with her husband, William Booth, in founding The Salvation Army. She was deeply religious and she pioneered … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard and their relief work during the Armenian crisis of the 1890s

Lady Henry Somerset (standing) and Frances Willard Lady Henry Somerset and Frances Willard, the American temperance leader, had much in common – including a poor taste in hats, it would seem from this old photograph. The 2 women did not … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and St Rita, patron of the impossibles

Figure of St Rita from Lady Henry Somerset’s Duxhurst Cottage Amongst all the religious imagery Lady Henry Somerset had in The Cottage, her home in the Duxhurst village, was a small figure of St Rita – very appropriately the Patron … Continue reading

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People gather for the special Duxhurst service On Sunday 18th June, 2011 local residents and members of Emmanuel Church, Sidlow gathered on the site of the old church of St Mary and the Angels, at Duxhurst, Surrey. The service was … Continue reading

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