Birmingham, Canon Street, Baptist Meeting House
Taylor notes that the red brick chapel replaced the original building in 1806. It could sit 840 people and was the "mother church" of Birmingham Baptists.
Rev Thomas Swan (1795 - 1857). Baptist Minister. Swan was closely connected with the anti-slavery movement. He was Professor of Theology at the College of Serampore in India in the 1820s, before being appointed minister at Cannon Street Baptist Church in 1829. Afterwards, alongside being a member of the Birmingham Anti-slavery Society, he was also secretary of the Birmingham Auxiliary of the Baptist Missionary Society. His international concerns were matched by involvement in domestic issues at home, such as parliamentary reform and the temperance cause.
He appears in the famous picture of the 1840 Anti- Slavery Convention which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.
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