Local histories

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Morrison, Scott John, Religion and Society, a Micro Approach: an Examination of the Christian Brethren Assemblies in the Sydney Metropolitan Area, 1964-1989 (Sydney, 1989) 154 pp. (CBA 13618)

Newton, Kenneth John, 'A history of the Brethren in Australia, with particular reference to the Open Brethren', dissertation, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1990. 455 pp. (CBA 11956)

Newton, Kenneth John, "The status and role of women in Australian assemblies", Christian Brethren Review, no. 41 (1990) pp. 56-66


Airhart, Phyllis D., "'What must I do to be saved?' Two paths to evangelical conversion in late Victorian Canada", Church History, vol. 59 (1990) pp. 372-385 (CBA 14575)

Rouse, J.J., Pioneer Work in Canada (Kilmarnock, 1935) 182 pp. (CBA 8262)

Underhill, Christina, "Henceforth... unto Him": A History of Strasbourg (Saskatchewan) Bible Camp (Moose Jaw [?1988]) 32 pp. (CBA 14574)

England (general)

Clare, W. H., Pioneer Preaching, or Work Well Done: the Story of One (Thomas Holt) who in journeying oft carried the Gospel throughout the Length and Breadth of Great Britain (Glasgow [1923]) 93 pp. (CBA 410 & 1176)

McAlpine, John, Forty Years Evangelising in Britain (London, 1947) 96 pp. (CBA 1719)

Mills, Brian, A Story to Tell: Evangelism in the Twentieth Century [history of Counties Evangelistic Work] (Carlisle, 1999) 203 pp. (CBA 14846)

Winter, George, With Tent and Caravan: The Story of Thirty-seven Years' Evangelizing in North-West England (Penrith, 1950) 156 pp. (CBA 1032)

England (regional)

Bristol: Linton, Keith, "I will build my church": 150 years of Local Church Work in Bristol (Bristol, 1982) 263 pp. (CBA 7983)

Devon: Wickes, Michael J.L., Devon in the Religious Census of 1851 (n.pl., 1990) (CBA 14317) [containing detailed material about Brethren]

Herefordshire: B., C., Early Days in Herefordshire (n.pl., 1893) pp. 84-93 (CBA 5625, (24)) [apparently extracted from a larger work]

Kendal: Cartmell, John, 'Friends and Brethren in Kendal: a critical analysis of the emergence of the Brethren church in Kendal from the Quaker meeting between 1835 and 1858', dissertation, Glasgow International College, 1999. 76 pp. (CBA 14725)

Kendal: Taylor, Neil, A Twentieth-century Miracle: A Short History of the Christian Brethren [at Sand Area and Parr Street Meetings] in Kendal (Kendal, c. 1980) 6 pp. (CBA 13124)

London: Davies, Charles Maurice, Unorthodox London: or, Phases of Religious Life in the Metropolis, 2nd ed. (London, 1876) (CBA) [pp. 104-114 on "The Plymouth Brethren" and "Mr Newton at Bayswater"] ; 3rd ed. (London, 1875 [sic]) (CBA 12008) [pp. 175-191 on "The Plymouth Brethren"]

London: Mudie-Smith, Richard, The Religious Life of London. [A detailed analysis of statistics of attendance at Brethren and other meeting places, based on the Census returns.] (London, 1904) 518 pp. (CBA 328)

London: West, Gerald T., "The first Brethren assemblies in London", Christian Brethren Review, no. 41 (1990) pp. 67-76

Manchester: Brady, David & Evans, Fred J., Christian Brethren in Manchester and District: A History (London, 1997) 259 pp. (CBA 10017)

Northampton: Lawes, John, Open Brethren in Northampton, 1850-1977 (typescript) (CBA 5638)

Smethwick: Taylor, Josiah E., Fifty Years of Gospel Testimony and Witness in Smethwick (Bournemouth, 1963) 44 pp. (CBA 13137)

Somerset: White, Ronald H., Strength of the Hills: The Story of the Blackdown Hills Mission (Exeter, 1964) 192 pp. (CBA 8753)

Swindon: Hooper, William, "These Many Years": A Retrospect of Fifty-six Years of the Lord's Leading, and a Brief Survey of the Early Days of the Open Brethren Movement in Swindon and District (Swindon, 1939) 23 pp. (CBA 6771)

Yorkshire: Beaumont, Horace, Seventy Five Years of Telling Yorkshire: A History of the Yorkshire Tent and Bible Carriage Work (Wyke, 1974) 20 pp. (CBA 13411)


Bister, Ulrich, Die Brüderbewegung in Deutschland von ihren Anfängen bis zum Verbot des Jahres 1937¾ unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Elberfelder Versammlungen (Marburg, 1983) 226 pp. (CBA 6593)

Jordy, Gerhard, Die Brüderbewegung in Deutschland (Wuppertal, 1979-86) 3 Bd. (CBA 3927)

Menk, Friedhelm, Die Brüderbewegung im Dritten Reich: das Verbot der "Christlichen Versammlung" 1937 (Bielefeld, 1986) 249 pp.

Platte, Hans, Versammlungen der "Brüder": Bibelverstandnis und Lehre, mit einer Dokumentation der Geschichte von 1937-1950 (Dillenburg, 1977) 111 pp. (CBA 2232)


Chapman, E. A., History of "the Brethren" in British Guiana (Georgetown, c. 1950) 36 pp. (CBA 2957)

Stunt, Timothy C.F., "Leonard Strong: the motives and experiences of early missionary work in British Guiana", Christian Brethren Review, no. 34 (1983) pp. 95-105 (CBA Periodicals)


Berecsky, Albert, Five Years of Hungarian Protestantism 1945-1950 (Budapest, 1950) 128 pp. (CBA 12325) [contains a section on the Free Churches (incl. Brethren) in Hungary]


Newton, Kenneth John, 'The Plymouth Brethren in India from 1833 to 1970', thesis, Melbourne College of Divinity, 1978. 262 f. (CBA 2426)


Ingram, Brett, Ulsterheart: An Ancient Irish Habitation (n.pl., 1989) (CBA 13013) pp. 246-9 [on J. N. Darby and the Brethren in Ireland]


Anderson, John Shaw, Heroes of the Faith in Modern Italy (Glasgow, 1914) 115 pp. (CBA 5092)

Brunacci, Marco, Russo, Timoteo, & Matino, Piero, 'Storia della chiesa di Perugia' [including "Storia dell'assemblea"], Il Cristiano, anno 111, n. 2 (febb. 1998) pp. 68-73

Maselli, Domenica, Tra Risveglio e Millennio: Storia delle Chiese Cristiane dei Fratelli, 1836-1886 (Torino, 1974) 300 pp. (CBA 1521)

Ronco, Daisy, Risorgimento and the Italian Free Churches, now Churches of the Brethren (Bangor, 1996) 123 pp. (CBA 11779)


Palmer, D. Vincent, 'Spiritual gifts: an appraisal of positions of Christian Brethren in Jamaica', thesis, Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, 1989 (CBA 14468)


Lower, R.W., A Record of Fifty years of Assembly Testimonies in Japan, 1905-1960 (n.pl. [?1960]) 40 pp. (CBA 3973)


OUWENEEL, Willem J., "Één is uw Meester": hoofdstukken uit de geschiedenis van de "Broeders" (Vaassen, 1985) 175 pp.

Ouweneel, Willem J., "Gij Zijt Allen Broeders": het Nederlandse Reveil en de "vergaderingen" van de "Broeders" (Apeldoorn, 1980) 383 pp. (CBA 4004)

New Zealand

Lineham, Peter J., "There We Found Brethren": A History of Assemblies of Brethren in New Zealand (Palmerston North, 1977) 218 pp. (CBA 881)

Lineham, Peter J., "Tongues must cease: the Brethren and the Charismatic Movement in New Zealand", Christian Brethren Review, no. 34 (1983) pp. 7-52 (CBA Periodicals)

North America

Baylis, Robert, My People: The Story of Those Christians Sometimes Called Plymouth Brethren (Wheaton, Il, 1995) 336 pp. (CBA 1532)

McLaren, Ross Howlett, 'The triple tradition: the origin and development of the Open Brethren in North America', thesis, Vanderbilt University (1982) (CBA 5542)

Peterson, Robert L., Christian Assemblies on Mountain and Plain: A History of the Brethren in Colorado ([?Boulder, 1992]) 73 pp. (CBA 13344)


Dahlene, Kjell, Plymouth Brethrens Innflytelse i Norsk Kristenliv (Mandal, 1983) 160 pp. (CBA 6681)


Brierley, Peter, Some Scottish Brethren (London, 1994)

Brown, Matthew S. R., Aberdeen Christian Conference Centenary, 1874-1973 (Aberdeen, 1972) 56 pp. (CBA 1179)

Cordiner, James, Fragments From the Past: An Account of People and Events in the Assemblies of Northern Scotland (London, 1961) 95 pp. (CBA 1125)

Dickson, Neil T. R., "Brethren and Baptists in Scotland", The Baptist Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 8 (Oct. 1990) (CBA 13173)

Dickson, Neil T. R., Brethren in Scotland 1838-2000: A Social Study of an Evangelical Movement (Carlisle, 2002)

Dickson, Neil T. R., "Brethren in Scotland: the present situation", in H. H. Rowdon (ed.), The Strengthening, Growth, and Planting of Local Churches (Carlisle, 1993) pp. 109-110

Dickson, Neil T. R., "Modern prophetesses: women preachers in the nineteenth-century Scottish Brethren", Records of the Scottish Church History Society, vol. 25 (1993) pp. 89-117 (CBA 5599, (4))

Dickson, Neil T. R., 'Open and closed: Brethren and their origins in the North East', in James Porter (ed.), After Columba - After Calvin: Religious Community in North-East Scotland (Aberdeen, 1999), pp.151-170

Dickson, Neil T. R., "Scottish Brethren: division and wholeness, 1838-1916", Christian Brethren Review, no. 41 (1990) pp. 5-41 (CBA Periodicals)

Pickering, C. J. et al., 1865-1965: the Half-Yearly Meetings of Christians in Glasgow (n.pl., [1965]) (CBA 6764)

Sweden and the Nordic countries

Lindberg, Bernt, A Contribution to the History of the Brethren Movement, [consisting of:] Part I¾ Från livet bland de s. k. Plymouthbröderna, en engelsk evangelikal rörelse på svensk mark 1876-1997; Part II¾ Observations on the Brethren movement in Sweden and in the Nordic countries; Part III¾ Letters of the Plymouth-Brethren literature missionary (to Sweden) William Reid to Rev. Dr. P. Waldenström on the atonement, 1876-1878. [Available on CD-ROM or in print format from the author, Box 33, SE-74322, Storvreta, Sweden; email: berntlindberg@swipnet.se]


Blandenier, Jacques, Le Réveil: Naissance du Mouvement évangélique en Suisse Romande au XIXe Siècle (Nyon, n.d.) 16 pp. (CBA 13211, lacking pp. 5-14)

Smith, Anthony Christopher, 'British non-conformists and the Swiss "Ancienne Dissidence" - the role of foreign evangelicals and J.N. Darby in the rise and fall of the "Ancienne Dissidence" in French-speaking Switzerland, 1810-1850. A treatise submitted to the Faculty of the Baptist Theological Seminary Ruschlikon-Zürich, Switzerland... for the degree of Bachelor of Divinity' (1979) 211 pp. (CBA 7336)

Smith, Anthony Christopher, "J.N. Darby in Switzerland: at the crossroads of Brethren history and European evangelicalism", Christian Brethren Review, no. 34 (1983) pp. 53-94 (CBA Periodicals)

Stunt, Timothy C.F., "Diversity and strivings for unity in the early Swiss Réveil", in R.N. Swanston (ed.), Studies in Church History, vol. 32 (1996) pp. 351-362 (CBA 14372)


Rotberg, Robert I., "Plymouth Brethren and the occupation of Katanga, 1886-1907", Journal of African History, vol. 2 (1964) pp. 285-297