Still exists today.
Upstairs above building
Baptists under fire
1670 – This was the day that Thomas Ewins, pastor of the Broadmead Church, the “Baptized Congregation”, according to Edward Terrill, clerk of the church, “having layen a greate while weake, Departed this life…” Terrill went on to say that he preached clearly “of Free grace by Faith in Christ Jesus. “ He was full of good works, showing patience and meekness toward all men, carefully searching into the state of their souls. He was buried in James’s Yard accompanied by many hundreds to his grave. Even his chief persecutor, Sr. Jo Knight, said, “he did believe he was gone to heaven.” The Broadmead church was founded in Bristol, England in 1640, and Thomas Ewins, formerly an Episcopalian became pastor in 1651. In 1661 the pastor was seized on July 27, while he was preaching and jailed for refusing a license by the Anglican State authorities. After two months in prison he was released only to be arrested again on Oct. 4, 1663 with several others, and this time languished in prison for a year. While there he would preach to the people from an open window from his fourth-floor cell. The church continued to be faithful and met some times out doors, and from house to house, or wherever they could escape their tormentors. The ladies would sit on the stairs at one meeting place and sing when the authorities came to warn the men to stop preaching. Sometimes they would hide in a cellar. Their firmness was shown by a resolution that those who absented themselves because of fear should be dealt with as disorderly members. We should be proud of our Baptist forbears who were so strong.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, p. 169.
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