Wednesday 20 June 2012

New London Nonconformist website

A new free, non-commercial website about Nonconformist minister Dr. William Bengo Collyer (1782-1854) of Hanover Chapel, Peckham, is now online at and contains the following useful materials:

* Transcript of Hanover Chapel baptism registers (1801-37) with index to parents and witnesses – 814 entries. (Details of witnesses do not appear in any other published index of the register.) Transcript of 1837-54 register (900+ entries) is coming soon, followed by other Independent chapels in Camberwell (Grove, Mansion House, Marlborough chapels)

* Subscribers to Dr. Collyer’s printed works (1809-23) – 2000+ entries. At some future date I will look at indexing the subscribers to works by some of Dr. C’s contemporaries.

* London Missionary Society donors and subscribers connected with the Camberwell and Peckham branches. Lists for various years between 1818 and 1843 are regularly added to at

There are also some biographical notes on 100+ fathers of children baptised at Hanover Chapel, of varying detail and growing in number, at

Further work will include transcriptions of further material catalogued by Southwark Local History Library concerning Hanover Chapel (including congregation lists).

The site is a work in progress, and updates can be obtained via or

(With thanks to Emma Jolly @emmajolly and marcol at Rootsweb,


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