Reverend William Jay
Who was he?
The Rev. William Jay (6 May 1769 – 27 December 1853) was an English
nonconformist divine who preached for sixty years at Argyle Chapel in
Bath. He is considered to be one of the most eminent English
Congregationalist preachers of Regency England; one of the first
Independents or Congregationalists to articulate the Great Awakening or
Religious Revival championed by George Whitfield and John Wesley.
Why was he in Bath?
Jay was the son of a stonecutter and mason. He was apprenticed to his
father in 1783 and worked on the construction of William Beckford
A local preacher recognised Jay's intelligence and sent him to study
under a dissenting minister in Marlborough. In 1786 Jay preached to
large crowds in London.
He came to the Argyle Independent Chapel (below) in 1791, where he
his retirement. [Flash 1982]
The text reads
"William Jay was Minister here 1790 - 1853"
Location map of Argyle Street Chapel:
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