Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge (SPCK)

 

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Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge (SPCK)

 

S.P.C.K. the Society for the Promotion of Christan Knowledge became founded by Thomas Bray in 1699. As the name suggests it purpose was to spread christian ideas to a wider audiance. Thomas Bray (1636-1730) received support and encouragement from the various societies in London and from the gentry in Southern Wales. In particular from Sir John Philips of Picton and Sir Humphry Mackworth of Neath. There appears to be an exchange, where events in London filtered back. SPCK and the education provided through the Welsh Trust and the later circulating Schools worked closely together in diseminating infomation into Wales. Although the SPCK principally concerned with promoting the gospel through the vernacular, this being consider the idea medium by the society. Overall it was to have a a profound influence during the eighteenth century in Wales when accompanied with other religious ideas. This in turn affected and furthered various nominations' doctrines such as the Protertant and the Methodist movement which appears to have recieved encourgement. However its main area of influence appears to be in South Wales where most of the circulating shools had been established in 1739. Such activities were allowed to develop due to the situation within the Welsh church being in some disarrayat the time, subsequently it offered alternative opportunities.

Bibiliography

'From Medieval to Renaissance City', in Emrys Jones, Welsh in London 1500-2000, (London 2001) pp. 35-55

'Age of Societies' in Emrys Jones, Welsh in London 1500-2000, (London 2001) pp. 54-87