Ellen Henrietta Ranyard

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Ellen Henrietta Ranyard

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This chapter focuses on Ellen Henrietta Ranyard. Ranyard was born to a nonconformist family in the poor south London waterside district of Nine Elms. Ranyard began doing missionary work as a teenager. In 1852, she published a Bible for children, The Book and Its Story: A Narrative for the Young, which went through many editions. After she married Benjamin Ranyard, they moved back to London to establish a Bible society there. Struck by the deep poverty of Central London, Ellen organized a special mission for women, which she named the Bible and Domestic Female Mission. Competent and pious women of any Protestant denomination were recruited and paid modest salaries to sell Bibles. The working-class Bible women reported to the middle-class District Superintendents who were often the wives of the clergymen. These middle-class women on the other hand, wrote in the monthly newspapers about stories of suffering, courage, and conversion collected by the Bible women. This chapter discusses some of the selections from the Missing Link Magazine which showed the hand of Ranyard, the Superintendents and the Bible women.

Keywords: Ellen Henrietta Ranyard; missionary work; Bible for children; poverty; Domestic Female Mission

Chapter.  4252 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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