With Cheerful Zeal

A History of the Dagnall Street Baptist Church, St Albans

Derek Turner

Dagnall Street Baptist Church



A4 , 148 page, 16 pages of photographs

[Now out of print]

Some of my Gibbs relatives were associated with this interesting chapel and about a year ago I was lucky enough to find a copy of this text of this hard to find book.

This interesting book clearly owes much to the interesting and extensive archives held by the church going back to 1675. The church was founded in the village of Kensworth in about 1600 but moved to the site in Dagnall Street in 1720. Improvements were made to the building over the years, including significant work in 1840,and with the current church, on the same site , being erected in 1885.

Introduction   Beginning at Kensworth
1   The first 100 years in Dagnall Lane - The Meeting House, Discipline, Baptism and Church Membership ...
2   Bias to the Poor - The Benevolent Society
3   Evangelism in the 19th Century - Sandridge, Tyttenhanger Green, Sopwell Lane Mission, Park Street and London Colney
4   Of Worship - The Present church - An eyewitness account
5   More of Worship - Sermons, prayer, music
6   Children and Young People
7   Resourcing - Deacons, Money, Women
8   Changing Times - World War 1 - Between the Wars
9   Vitality Rekindled - Cottonmill, the Fellowship Council, ...
10   Celebrating and Committing - The Cross Street Centre
11   Looking Backwards and Looking Forwards
Appendix 1   Ministers and Assistant Ministers
Appendix 2   Members who entered full-time ministry and missionary service
Appendix 3   Sources
  Boxall, Bowers, Wiles, Oakley. Harris, Westall, Pearce, Savage, Blow, Humphrey, Church, Fisk, Gibbs, Pelly, Pellam

Richard Gibbs founded the Herts Advertiser newspaper and was the brother of my ancestor, John Gibbs.

Genealogists should note that there is no index, and most of the personal names mentioned in the text relate to misister, officers and trustees of the church and few ordinary church members are named.
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