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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 14

Statistics of Nonconformity

Statistics of Nonconformity.

In 1884 the results of an inquiry into the number of nonconformist places of worship in England and Wales showed 16,000 of these to be in operation, with about 9,000 stated ministers in charge. The weekly attendance at their services was millions, and the amount of voluntary offerings, apart altogether from stipends, chapel maintenance, and interest on debts, was £906,430 per annum. These figures are altogether irrespective of what is done by the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1883 a Religious Census of most of the great towns was recorded in our Almanack., whence it appeared that in some ninety selected towns and villages of England, with total papulation of 3¾ millions, the following state of things prevailed :—In the matter of church accommodation the Establishment Churches had 514,260 sittings, the Dissenters 824,459, and the Roman Catholics 65,000. In the matter of actual attendance, the Church secured—morning 248.408, afternoon 23,751, evening 271,179; while the Dissenters had—morning 311,206, afternoon 29,139, and evening 431,419.