Beaconsfield United Reform Church, Buckinghamshire

Beaconsfield seems to have been a hot bed of non-conformity with the Llords being very active in the area in the 15th and 16th Centuries. In 1521 Richard White and Bennet Ward of Beaconsfield were both charged with heresy and forced to recant. During Charles I’s reign the rector of the Parish complained that his flock was ‘foully tainted with Puritanism’ and in 1662 the Reverend Hugh Butler was removed from his position at Beaconsfield for non-conformity and forced into retirement in Uxbridge … where he continued to preach.

By 1715 Samuel Clerk is recorded as being pastor of a Presbyterian Church of around 180 who met in ‘Bell Barn’ close to where the current church stands. By 1862 the Church was buying properties around their chapel. Work on the new church began in the 1870s and was largely completed by 1874, although the deeds to the entire land occupied by the new building were not fully transferred to the Church until 1928. All was complete by 1931 when the organ was installed. In 1940 a bomb landed nearby and caused damage to the roof which had to be rebuilt. 

In 1972 the Congregational and Presbyterian churches joined to form the United Reform Church, just in time for the centenary of Beaconsfield’s Church building. To celebrate this event new glass front doors were added to the church.

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