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Rev Arthur Edwards 

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Position:PhD History

Academic History

B.A. Hons History London 1964
M.Phil History London 1968

PhD Research

Working Title: Religion and Society in Monmouthshire, 1840-1880, with particular reference to the Pontypool Baptists and the campaign for disestablishment'.

The effects upon the religious and social life of south-east Wales of the campaign for disestablishment in the second half of the nineteenth century forms the setting for this study. Nonconformists intensified their efforts to redress their religious and social disabilities and supported the demands of the Liberation Society after 1844. The main focus will be on an examination of the increasing influence of the Baptists in south-east Wales and the importance of the Baptist College at Pontypool under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Thomas its principal.
There has been no serious study of the impact of the campaign for disestablishment upon the religious life of south-east Wales. P.M.H. Bell in his Disestablishment in Ireland and Wales  (1969) did not address it. E.T. Davies in Religion in the Industrial Revolution in South Wales (1965) did not make space to explore the impact of the long campaign upon inter-church relationships and he seemed unsympathetic to the disabilities of the Nonconformists and what he described as their lack of political involvement. Wilton D. Wills has described the evangelical harmony in the South Wales Coalfield in the 1850s and 60s but he did not assess the extent to which relationships were affected by the drive for disestablishment.

Start Date: January 2012

First Supervisor: Professor Bill Jones

Second Supervisor: Dr Martin Wright


Archbishop Green, His life and opinions. (Gomer) 1986
The Seven Bishops, Diocese of Monmouth. 1991.
Thomas Thomas of Pontypool. APECS Press 2009
Some Aspects of Methodism in Monmouthshire. (The Monmouthshire Antiquary, Vol. XXV11, 2011.)

Areas of Interest

Religious, cultural, social history of modern Wales