Non-conformity or Protestant Dissent


The Act of Uniformity in1662 made dissenters of those radical Protestants who refused to conform to the Church of England.

Their varying views on matters of doctrine and church government created different communities which eventually became known as Baptist, Congregationalist and Quaker.

Oulton Congregational Chapel, Norfolk



John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, in Bedford Prison,

from a window in the Bunyan Meeting Free Church, Bedford


In the eighteenth century John Wesley, a priest of the Church of England, developed an itinerant preaching ministry challenging his hearers to live by ‘scriptural holiness’. His converts were known as Methodists and formed societies which eventually broke away from the Established Church.


John Wesley preaching from his father’s tomb in Epworth