Hannah More, a woman of letters, was a Christian activist and philanthropist. Her sociable life in Britain’s major social centers, London and Bath, enabled her to use her closeness to the bluestocking.
One of the main events in religious history in Britain and colonial America in the eighteenth century was the development of Methodism. That evangelical revival brought about new conceptions of religious sociability and started controversies on the place of individual and collective discipline within the Established Churches in Britain.
This entry focuses on the more or less institutionalized bodies running parish affairs in the long eighteenth century. With roots stretching back to the Middle Ages, vestries typically elected a range of officials, organized church building / maintenance and dealt with various ad-hoc tasks.