DPhil in English Local History
Henry Venn (1725-1797) – Gospel Servant, Gospel Strategist
Henry Venn (1725-97) was one of the key leaders of the Evangelical Revival of the mid and later Eighteenth Century. Appointed in 1759 as Rector of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, by the end of his twelve years the town and its surrounds would be lastingly altered by his ministry.
This doctorate aims to assess Henry Venn’s work and legacy in Huddersfield and beyond. Focusing on the extant body of Venn’s writings and exploring comparable Yorkshire ministries, I plan to evaluate Venn’s Calvinism, and his attitude to and work alongside local Dissenters, whilst tracing his wider labours and ministerial partnerships. A close study of mid-century Huddersfield and the West Riding will help to draw conclusions about the impact of Venn’s ministry.
I have one title published on selected sermons of John Flavel, and two awaiting publication in the US and UK, on Puritanism and Preaching.
English Puritan ministries and ongoing points of contact with 18th Century Pastorates. Calvinism across Anglican and Dissenting divides. Yorkshire Evangelicalism.