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1704 & 1741 Church Covenants Associated with Skinner Street Congregational Chapel

The covenants were adopted by the membership of the Great Presbyterian Meeting House, Hill Street, Poole and both arose from divisive disputes. The first concerned church governance, the authority to appoint the minister, in particular. It was a key factor in a secession of members from St. James’ Church, resulting in the formation of the Hill Street meeting house. The second arose from theological differences, which contributed to an unknown number of members leaving in 1739 and later the same issues resulted in a large number leaving to set up the Lagland Street Congregational Chapel, the predecessor of the Skinner Street Congregational Chapel (founded in 1760 and 1777 respectively). SSCC
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1760 Constitution of Lagland Street Congregational Chapel

Densham & Ogle, the authors of The Congregational Churches of Dorset (1899) quoted the whole constitution in their book, mentioning that the original was stored in the Skinner Street Congregational Chapel safe. However, when the church archive was catalogued in early 2019, it was not found and is therefore assumed to be lost to posterity. SSCC
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1765 Letter from Rev. Samuel Philipps to Mr. Martin Kemp

This letter reveals the acrimonious ending to Rev. Philipps’ ministry, which had spanned a total of 12 years of ministry, first in Hill Street and later in Lagland Street, Poole (1753 – 1765). In the seventh year of his ministry (1760), he was ejected from the Great Presbyterian Meeting House, Hill Street, Poole, but he continued his ministry in the newly founded Congregational Chapel in Lagland Street, to which many members from Hill Street seceded with him. Readers may be interested in the footnotes, which give more details about the circumstances surrounding the letter.
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1777 Certificate for Worship - Skinner Street Congregational Chapel

This is the certificate for worship issued for the newly built 1777 Skinner Street Congregational Church, Poole. SSCC
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Cash Book 1802 - 1814

Titled, 'Meeting Book' this cash book details donations and subscriptions to support 'the cause' - like-minded Congregationalist churches in Dorset and beyond. Interestingly, it also includes subscriptions to train young ministers at a non-conformist academy in Gosport, and also to support a Dorset 'Itinerant' - an evangelist. SSCC
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Congregational Baptisms 1741-1837

A transcription of Skinner Street Congregational Church Baptisms 1741-1837. Created by a joint project of Skinner Street United Reformed Church and Poole Museum using equipment kindly provided by the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society.PRS.
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Deacons 1954-1955
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Deacons 1954-1955

Museum Ref No: H4g_0001
Skinner Street United Reformed Church; deacons; 1954-1955 Back Row (standing) from left:- Bessie Freeborn, EDd. Lisby, Philip Perry, Patricia Varallo, Derek Christopher (son), Harold Christopher (father), Miss Barrington, Mr South Front Row (sitting) from left:- Arthur Brown, Bill Trew, Rev F. O. Brown, Bill Knight, Archie Dacombe. Taken just prior to Rev. F. O. Brown leaving area
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Deacons 3/1949
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Deacons 3/1949

Museum Ref No: H4f_0001
Skinner Street United Reformed Church; deacons; names below picture; 3/1949 B.C. Christopher,H.F. Cutler, B.A. Dacombe, A.E. Brown, Miss.J. Goodfellow, Mrs. W. G. Curran, H. E. Best, Rev. F. O. Brown, M. A. , W. Knight, Miss. B. Freeborn
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Particulars of Costs of Building Lagland St. Chapel in 1760

This document contains the costs of building the new Lagland Street Chapel, and lists of donors/donations and of pew subscriptions in the new Chapel. It contains some interesting footnotes that cover: the weights and measures of the period; the form of leasehold; and the meaning of some archaic terms associated with its construction, and certain aspects of social history embedded within the accounts. SSCC
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Poole People Index

The Poole People Index is a useful finding aid which covers a number of sources including: 1841 Census for Canford Magna and Poole St. James. 1851 Census for Canford, Gt. Canford, Hamworthy, Kinson, Longfleet, Oakley and Parkstone. 1891 Census for Longfleet and Poole. Parish registers for Canford Magna, Hamworthy and St. James. Skinner Street United Reform Church records. Poole Quaker marriages. The index was created by a joint project of Poole Museum Service and the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society. PRS.
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