The Rev John Owen Parr’s public face

The last post dealt with the scandalous secret third marriage of the 19th-century vicar of Preston, the Rev John Owen Parr, to one of his servants. His public life was often as controversial as his private one. He was an arch Tory and a virulent opponent of Roman Catholics outside the Church of England and of Anglo-Catholics within the church. He mobilised his parish clergy to support his position, ensuring that they instructed their congregations how to vote on matters both political and religious. He was also an eloquent and forceful campaigner for improvements in the working conditions of mill workers, and in support of the temperance movement.

The public face of the Rev John Owen Parr

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