During the nineteenth century a number of non-conformist churches were established
Kelly's Directory of 1898 names both a Wesleyan Methodist and a Congregational church.
In 1665 the Five Mile Act was passed which outlawed Nonconformist ministers from
preaching within five miles of a town.
Anyone caught attending meetings could be subject to severe fines.
To avoid detection, the Baptish Church in Stevington village was built very near
the parish boundry with Turvey. If the parish officers came looking, they would
push through the hedge in to Turvey to escape detection.
Reformed Church Burials
Abraham, John - died 18 August 1849 - aged 45
Abraham, Mary - died 24 April 1877 - aged 77
Cecil, Harriet - died 30 June 1855 - aged 19
Cecil, Rev. Richard - doe 30 January 1865 - aged 64
Godfrey, Elizabeth wife of Nathaniel, - died 27 January 1874
Godfrey, Nathanie' - died 4 July 1869 - aged 63
Godfrey, Sarah Elizabeth wife of Nathaniel, - died 30 September 1810 - aged 38
Lawrence, Sarah, servant of Sarah Elizabeth Godfrey (above)
Paine, Mary wife of Joseph- died 1 March 1816- aged 52
Sharpe, George son of William and Ann - died 4 August 1853 - aged 16
Skevington, Joseph son of Samuel - died 17 November 1857 - aged 15
Skevington, Samuel husband of Elizabeth - died 33 December 1812 - aged 34
Whitmee, Sarah - died 27 August 1868 - aged 73
The house of Jeremiah Sansome was registered as a Baptist meeting house in November
1824. The house was occupied by Robert Tysoe at this time.
The Weslyan Chapel was registered on 13 December 1828 by George Finch who was a Turvey
The following burials listed in the Parish Registers are noted as having been Quakers.
1723, May 12 - Samuel Tysoe, a Quaker and Shopkeeper
1727, Sep 22 - Hannah, wife of Robert Negus
1727, Sep 28 - Hannah, dau of Robert Negus
1730, Feb 19 - Samuel Richardson
1731, Sep 11 - William Richardson
1731, Sep 20 - Martha wife of William Richarson
Turvey Residents who were buried in the West End Baptist Meeting House in Stevington
- circa 1655:
John Norris and his wife, Elizabeth Norris
The Congregational Church was also founded in 1828. By 1841 it boasted 167 members.
Of these, 78 were from Turvey and 89 were from the surrounding villages. This is
a list of some of the members from 1828.
William Butlin d. 28 March 1831 Hannah Gaskill removed to Northampton Mary Ann Parris d. 16 Feb 1868 Joseph Vincent d. 5 Dec 1836 - Whitworth Kesia Skevington d. 1866 Ann Dalley d. 12 July 1838 Joel Gasking d. 26 Sep 1832 Joseph Parris Sarah Whitmee d, 27 Aug 1868 Mary Vincent d. 13 Jan 1861 Sarah Abbott Dinah Wooding d. 2 Jan 1864 Frances Stock d. 17 May 1847 Ann Sansom d. 1836 Martha Bunker excluded 4 May 1832 Catherine Wooding d. Sept 1832 Sarah Burden e. 2 Jun 1836 WilliamWooding Ann Wooding d. July 1852 Mary Parris, Lavendon d. 6 March 1837 William Sinfield d. Nov 1837 Ann Sinfield d. 1848 Mary Tite d. April 1867 Elizabeth Knight d. Dec 1833 Mary Wooding Mary Knight d. 24 Sept 1832 John Bennett Mary Wesley d. May 1851 Sarah Edmunds d. 21 June 1863 Ann Sanders d. 15 Nov 1875 Elizabeth Bamford d. 17 Dec 1846 Jane Wooding Sarah Churchman Mary Sansom Thomas Johnson E. 2 Jan 1834 Sarah Johnson Jane Edge d. Jan 1837 Ann Churchman - Withdrew Sarah Tandey – Withdrew in 1834 John Wolston, Stagsden d. Aug 1837 Joseph Lineham d. 1850 Ann Lineham d. 20 Nov 1832 Jane Smith Sarah Smith – Withdrew in 1834 John Johnson d. Aug 1859 Elizabeth Wooding Elizabeth Lawrance d. 24 Mar 1833 Amy Sergeant – Withdrew in 1833 Elizabeth Jolley, Newton – d. 1835 John Bamford, killed by carriage accident at Bedford 17 Feb 1871 Catherine Dally d. Jun 1854 AnnWarren – Withdrew 1836
Elizabeth Roe, Newton Mary Gibson, Newton Letitia Wooding d. 10 April 1833 Ephrain Tysoe Ann Frost r. to Cotton End Thomas Bailey Reuban Cotton John Sanders Esther Green, Lavendon Fanny Stuart d. Nov 1854 Sarah Howard d. Nov 1860 Joseph Wooding e. 3 Oct 1841 John Tysoe – withdrew Samuel Wooding William Bond d. 1865 Sarah Chamberlain James Sargent William Cotton Rachel Wooding – removed George Wallinger d. 1866 Thomas Smith d. 23 Feb 1839 Sarah Lilley of Astwood, d. Sept 1867 Uriah King Elizabeth Dalley d. Jan 1837 Ursula Keppel – withdrawn Ann Wooding John Edmunds Eliza Parris - removed 1851 James Harley d. 30 Sep 1847 John Radford Hannah Tuner - removed 1847 Mary Bailey Sophia Peacock – removed John Hartwell d. 28 May 1847 Letitia Tysoe – withdrawn Ann Linam – withdrawn John Linam – withdrawn Elizabeth Linam d. 19 Oct 1843 Mrs Davison d. 1 Mar 1856 John Wooding d. 29 Mar 1860 Ezra Reynolds – withdrawn 1846 Robert Warren James Ramond/Raban Letitia Finkerd d. 21 Jun 1866 (Mrs Hinde) Samuel Tysoe – Withdrawn Henry Bonham of Brafield Sarah Chater d. 2 March 1867 Ann Parris – removed Charles Wallinger – withdrew 1844 William Johnson James Tysoe – removed Susan Tysoe – removed John Law – d. May 1846 fall from cart Mary Wooding of Lavendon d. 29 Jun 1856
Johanna Cotton – withdrawn Fanny Wesley – withdrawn Anna Maria West – d. Jan 1849 Mary Holloway Henry Dudley Mary Smith Tobias Dalley – d in 1851 Elizabeth Ross – removed Henry Cecil – removed Jane Edmonds – removed Mark Cooper of Newton Ann Cotton/Woods Thomas Eaton d. 20 Sep 1854 Thomas Stock Mary Vincent/Gasjing Caroline Cecil – removed Charles Cecil – removed Samuel Denton, Lavendon Charles Tysoe, Newton Hephzibah Vincent/Claxton - Cecil – removed Emily Cecil – removed Thomas Wooding Eli Cotton – removed Charles Cotton John Wooding Mary Wooding John Bond Catherine Bond John Tysoe, Newton Ann Tysoe Thomas Pratt, Newton James W- Sarah W- James Timpson, Newton Samuel Milward, Newton Mary Paine James French, withdrawn Elizabeth Wesley, Brayfield William Wesley,Brayfield – withdrawn Lucy Fernie, dismissed 1866 Frances Fernie Elizabeth Neale Fernie Isaac Wooding Charles Finch Sarah Ann Payne – removed George Arnold, dismissed Jane Wooding Catherine Devine William Bailey – withdrawn John Fuller – removed Emma Fuller – removed Thomas Andrews Maria Whitmee
Members of the Congregational Church had to agree to some pretty detailed conditions
before being allowed to be members.
These conditions included:
obscene and impure conversations
taking the Lord's name in vain
lying or false dealings
often frequenting public houses without a real call
neglect of family worship and public worship
violation of the Sabbath by unlawful labour or journeys or sauntering visits
Rev R D Lindup was the minister of the Congregational Church in the 1960's.