Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795) is a largely forgotten 18th Century English Baptist preacher, remembered today only as a minor hymnwriter. For over half a century he served as pastor of the Baptist church meeting at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. He is worth more than a passing glance.
Entries in Richard Hall's diary for December 1784 revealed here by Mike Rendell give a little insight into that month in Bourton on the Water. (In January 1784 Beddome's wife Elizabeth had died).
Rendell begins by saying that
Tuesday 7th December 1784 Richard Hall noted that there was “snow
last night, very Cold.” The
following day saw the entry “Snow
at night, hard Frost, very sharp. Snow in ye afternoon, wind high at
so it continued for the rest of the week (“Snow
lay, hard Frost …. very hard Frost, snow lay some more last night …
a considerable deal of Snow.”).
then gives us a copy of the diary for Monday December 13 until the
end of the year
still lay – Frozen hard -pretty fine day.
obtained help of God … I am spared to see the return of my Wedding
Day. Din’d at Mrs Snookes with Mr Beddome. Mr and Mrs Palmer came
in the afternoon. Frost continued. A little more Snow. Cold.
Mr Beddome at the lecture Isah 41.10 former part - mostly dull, a
little snow, rather Thawed – Cold Thu
Mrs Peake, Mrs Snooks Maria din'd. On a Cod, etc, snow continued dull
at Mrs Snookes with Mr & Mrs Peake on a Cod, etc. N+Much snow
fall in the past nights. Hard frost. Pretty fine day. Cold.
some snow in the afternoon. Not as cold as it was.
Mr Wilkins Acts 8.39 last Cl. Mr Beddome Isah 41.10 former part. Snow
continued, mostly dull, cold.
Frost, fine day, very cold.
Griffiths of Bath & Mr Snooke Breakfast with us. We din'd, etc.
with him at Mrs Snookes. Frost continued, Snow still lay – snowed a
little today. Very cold.
frost, fine day, very Cold.
frost, very Cold pretty fine.
Day. Heard Mr Wilkins Luke 2. 14th.
We din'd etc at Mrs Snookes. frost continued, dull a little, snow,
Mr Beddome Ezekl 12.2 & Mr Wilkins 2 Chron 34. v 3 former part.
Dull, seems like(ly) a thaw, not quite so cold. frose at night or in
ye night – a great fog alright.
continued – dull, Cold, a very little snow.
at Mrs Snookes with Wife. Mr Mrs Miss Beale. Mr Shaw. Miss Beddome.
Mr B drank tea. Dull day, frost, very sharp wind – exceeding Cold.
Mr Wilkins at the Lecture 2 Peter 3.18 dull day hard frost, very
great fall of Snow, the past night which lay thick. Dull day, foggy,
not quite so sharp.
spareing mercy am preserved to the close of another year, through
which much goodness and mercy have followed me but what little fruit
– has been brought forth in the midst of many Favours and
privileges how well is it God's thoughts are not as mine nor his ways
as my ways. Mr Mrs Palmer, Mr Wilkins, Miss Beddome, Mrs Snooke,
Maria – Din'd. Mr Beddome drank tea. dull day, cold, Snow still lay
the beginning of this year 1784 we had much Cold Weather, and snow, a
late Spring, warm Summer with much Thunder and Lightning, a very fine
Haymaking and Harvest … Snow upon the ground, which has been from
the 8 of December and still continues.
Matthew 2:11 And when they mere come into the house, they saw the young child and Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him, and w...
Some useful dates
1650s Formed: '50 Welsh Assoc '52 Abingdon or Berkshire Assoc '53 Western Assoc '55 Midlands Assoc
1677 London Confession
1689 Glorious revolution. Rev & repub: London Confession 1690 Formed: Northern Assoc Re-formed: Midland Assoc 1690s '90-'93 National assemblies '90 Pub: "Keach" Catechism; '91 Spiritual Melody, Keach; '96 Spiritual Songs, Keach '97 First hymns, Stennett 1714 Coronation George I '17 Birth: BB; Founded: Particular Baptist Fund
'19 Formed: Yorks & Lancs Assoc '24 Founded: Baptist Board '27 Moravian revival, Herrnhut '33/34 Re-formed: Western Assoc '35 Wesleys converted '36 Pub: Narrative surprising conversions, Edwards, following revival; Gospel Worthy, Fuller '38 Whitefield, Wesley begin open air preaching '40 Great Awakening, America; Pub: Short account Whitefield '41 Whitefield, Wesley split '47 Pub: Humble Attempt, Edwards '48 Pub: Life Brainerd, Edwards
'52 Franklin develops lightning rod 1750s '50 Pub: Evangelical Hymns Wallin; '51 Selection Rippon; '52 Catechism BB
'56 Seven years war begins 1760s '60 Pub: Poems, A Steele; '68 Reign of Grace, Booth; '69 1st Baptist Hymn Book Collection, Ash/Evans; Body of Divinity, Gill '64 Formed: Northampton Assoc
'69 Formed: Norfolk & Suffolk Assoc '70 Strong Arminian Calvinist controversy among Methodists; Formed: New Connexion & Bristol Education Soc
'71 Cook sails to Pacific
'73 Boston Tea Party '76 Declaration of Independence; Sutcliff meets Fuller; Catechism BB (2nd ed) '78 Wesley's Arminian Magazine begun '79 Formed: Kent & Sussex Assoc 1780s '81 Pub: Help for Zion's Travellers, Hall; '84 Humble Attempt English ed (Sutcliff)
'83 Treaty of Paris (Britain accepts American independence) '84 Northampton Assoc prayer for revival '86 Others take up idea; Pub: Gospel worthy, Fuller (w '81) '89 Bastille stormed, French Revolution '90 Rippon's Baptist Register begun '92 Formed: "BMS" (Thomas Paine Rights of man) '93 Carey sails for India (Execution Louis XVI) '95 Death: BB