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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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Baptisms at Presbyterian Meetings 1760-1783

Museum Ref No: BEAM_0004
List of children baptized by the Reverend John Howell, Pastor of the Presbyterian Meeting, Poole. 1760-1783. Handwritten MS. JPBC
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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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List of Marriages at St James Church, Poole 1739-1780

Museum Ref No: BEAM_0040
List of marriages at St James Church, Poole. 1739-1780. Sundry marriages from St James' register 1739-1778. Handwritten MS. JPBC
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