Reformed Churchmen

We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at:

Friday, August 1, 2014

1 August 1559 A.D. (Bp.) John Jewel Begins Episcopal Visitation: Sarum, Bristol, Bath and Wells, & Gloucester.

1 August 1559 A.D.  Mr. (Bp.) John Jewel begins his episcopal visitation of Sarum, Bristol, Bath & Wells, & Gloucester.

“The commissioners intrusted with the visitation were chiefly laymen. The kingdom was apportioned among several committees, in each of which there was one clerical member. Jewell held this place in the committee appointed to visit the dioceses of Sarum, Bristol, Bath and Wells, and Gloucester—a district including Devonshire, his own native county.

"The method of visitation was by progress through the district, holding sittings at every principal town, and making the requisite examinations and inquiries relative to the neighboring parishes, both in writing, and by personal inspection. Jewell's committee began this progress on the 1st of August,1559, and were occupied in its prosecution until the 30th of October; travelling more than seven hundred miles in the interval.”

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