Part our Whatever Happened to Religion? talks series.
Bits of overheard conversations on Staithe Street: 1850, “Which church do you go to?”; 1950, “I’ll see you at Sunday School”; 2000, “I want to buy your church”; 2050, “What were churches for?”
Memories of places of worship that were vital parts of the warp and weft of social, cultural and spiritual life have faded. Congregations have diminished. Sunday schools have declined. Church coffers have emptied. Places of worship have been closed or put to other uses.
Starting with unique data from the 1851 Census of Religion, Roger Arguile will examine the history of organised religion in north Norfolk, chart a remarkable historic transformation, ask why so many adults, young people and children know little and care less about it, and explore the implications.
More about the series..
This series of talks, presentations and conversations will focus on the roles of faith-based institutions in the life and times of the area bounded by the Holme-Salthouse coast and the A148. The series has been developed in consultation with ministers, members of congregations and people for whom religion is a far-away country of which they know little.
Well into the 20th century, churches, chapels and meeting houses were vital parts of the warp and weft of social, cultural and spiritual life in north Norfolk. In the last fifty years, congregations have diminished, Sunday schools have declined, coffers have emptied, some places of worship have been closed, others have been put to alternative uses. As in other parts of England, the transformation has been so quick that many adults, younger people and children know little and care less about the Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Congregationalists, Quakers and others who shaped their communities and surroundings.
The series will be factual, objective and eclectic. It will neither promote nor evangelise. It will not offer a comprehensive view of the past, present or future of religious institutions in this area. But it will remind us of the pervasive impact of organised religion on the cultural, social, economic and political landscapes of north Norfolk and its enduring influence on the rhythms of everyday life.
Running time: 01 hours 30 minutes