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Basil Woodd (1760-1831)

Basil Woodd was born in Richmond, Surrey. After a private education, he entered Trinity College Oxford in 1778. He was ordained in 1784 and elected lecturer at St Peter's, Cornhill, London. In 1785 he was appointed to Bentick Chapel in Marylebone where he was to remain for the rest of his life.

Woodd's chief importance lies in his pastorate of a large city congregation, which gave him the means and support to found schools and charitable institutions. He was not a good preacher but possessed great energy. Woodd was particularly active on behalf of the Eclectic Society and the Church Missionary Society, on whose behalf he preached over fifty times and founded 28 new associations in just ten weeks in 1813.

Woodd was a moderate Anglican evangelical whose published tracts, pastoral abilities and philanthropic activites earned him great respect and popularity.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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