Lunchtime Talk: PAC to the Past


Lunchtime Talk: PAC to the Past

Wednesday 7th February 2018

1pm - 1:30pm, Free and Open to All

Join one of our Looe Street Detectives Anne Corry, for an in depth talk about the research techniques and facts uncovered by our detectives about the history of the area surrounding 38 Looe Street.

Anne has completed hours of research not only for the Plymouth Arts Centre but also for The Box, having just completed research for Devon History Society on the centenary of the Women’s Suffrage movement.

This talk is part of the visual arts programme for Looe Street Detectives exhibition, currently on show in the PAC galleries.

This talk traces the history of Batter Street Church and some of the people who helped found it.

Batter Street Congregational Church 1704 – 1924

Until 1689 all church services had to conform to the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. Non-conformists, clergy or laity, risked prosecution and imprisonment for holding any other kind of service, so they had to meet in secret. The Toleration Act of 1689 allowed Protestant non-conformists to meet openly. In 1704 the various groups in Plymouth came together and built a church in Batter Street not far from the fashionable centre of Plymouth and on the site of the old Pope’s Head Inn. The church lasted until it was sold in 1924 to make way for the Virginia House Settlement.

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