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John Baddiley or Badley (1706-64)

Little is known of Baddiley's early life although he is said to have been of a Staffordshire yeoman family. He arrived in Hayfield, Derbyshire, in 1748 as the new Anglican incumbent and was soon arousing opposition because of his evangelical leanings.

Baddiley formed societies on Methodist lines and recruited lay helpers, although he was strongly opposed to seperation from the Church of England. John Wesley preached in his church in 1755 and described him as 'a second Grimshaw'.

Source: J. W. Laycock, Methodist Heroes in the Great Haworth Round (1909), p.151, Frank Baker, The Works of John Wesley (1982), volume 26, p.558 and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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