Religious Identities

Hester Barron

in The 1926 Miners' Lockout

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199575046
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722196 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Religious Identities

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This chapter explores the potential conflict between confessional and class‐based identities during the 1926 lockout. It focuses on the impact of Anglicanism in the Durham coalfield, considering the antagonistic attitude taken by Bishops Henson and Welldon, and the often more sympathetic responses of the parish priests. The issues raised are then considered in the light of existing debates about the impact of Methodism, particularly with reference to Robert Moore's Pitmen, Preachers and Politics (1976). The chapter concludes that while both religious and secular identities remained important within the coalfield, they never threatened to override a more fundamental loyalty to the strike or a wider occupational consciousness; rather they might be appropriated for such ends.

Keywords: religion; Church of England; Anglicanism; Methodism; Hensley Henson; secularism; Robert Moore

Chapter.  13792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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