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The Dissenters Volume IIIThe Crisis and Conscience of Nonconformity$
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Michael R. Watts

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229698.001.0001

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Frugality and Overwork

Frugality and Overwork

Pastors and Preachers

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The Dissenters Volume III

Michael R. Watts

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the incomes and life-styles of pastors and preachers in the second half of the nineteenth century. The majority of Nonconformist ministers received only modest financial compensation, with the worst paid pastors being those in Wales. In 1862, fifty-five Welsh Baptist ministers were receiving an average salary of only £36.6s.7d. a year. In England, the average salary of a Baptist pastor was estimated at £75 a year in 1873. Congregational ministers received more, with 57 per cent earning more than £150 in 1881. The best-paid ministers were able to enjoy lives of bourgeois respectability. However, the more successful the minister, the greater was likely to be the burden on his time and the strain on his health.

Keywords:   rural pastors, urban preachers, incomes, lifestyles, Nonconformist ministers

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