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1786 - St Ann’s Church

8th January. The last service in St. Ann’s church conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bayley. By the 10th March the old church was pulled down.

4th February. The New Chapel of St Ann opened its doors and the inaugural sermon was given by the Rev. Brown. We are told the text came from the Book of Job, Chapter III, verse 10. For the opening sermon of a new church it seems a strange text to pick, for the chapter starts with:

“After this Job opened his mouth cursed the day of his birth.”

Verse 10 reads: “Because it did not shut the doors of my mother’s womb, And hide trouble from my eyes.”