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Sandemanian Church, Old Buckenham, Norfolk

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Date: 1800 [unknown]
Location: Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdommap
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The Sandemanian Church

The Sandemanian church is a non-conformist protestant movement which began in Scotland in 1730’s and spread into England and to the USA. The church was founded by John Glas (and is also known as the Glasite Church) but much of the teaching was developed and promoted by his son-in-law Robert Sandeman, who founded churches in England and in North America.

The churches were close knit communities, and many families were members of the church for several generations.

Old Buckenham Church

The Sandemanian church in Old Buckenham Norfolk was founded in 1800, with services at the meeting house known as the Staxford Sandemanians Meeting House, Attleborough Road, Old Buckenham Norfolk [1]. The Sandemanian's began as a denomination in Scotland in about 1730.

However, there was an early Sandemanian congregations was in Banham, which is 2.5 miles from Old Buckenham. By 1766 the congregation in Banham had 37 members with two elders. John Boosey, one of the elders at Banham, is described by Barnard as "partaking in the wants of the poorest peasant, attending them in their sickness with refreshments, medicines, and all with such an abundant cheerfulness, that I think him the happiest man I know in the world.” [2].

The Sandemanian Church in Old Buckenham was supported by the London congregation and was visited in 1842 by Michael Faraday. His niece Caroline Reid wrote an account of the visit in her diary.

2nd July. It was my first time visiting any church but our own. My Uncle read and Samuel Lancaster preached. After noon Mr David Fisher read and my Uncle preached on Charity and the bond of perfectness

9th July Pleasant walk over the green and along the street, Sweet Sackford Lane, to a meeting with Uncle William (Barnard), Mr Lancaster, my Uncle (Michael Faraday) and Aunt Faraday. Uncle Faraday read and Mr Fisher Preached from 17 John 1,2,3 etc. I thought a very excellent and sober discourse.

Monday 10th July. Mr Fisher came to breakfast to say farewell. No doubt my Uncle Faraday has been great help and support to the elders and at this time after the painful separation of Thomas Loveday and his son Foulger Loveday [3].

The Elders of the London Church also visited in 1856 as described by the letters from Michael Faraday. [4].

Links between the Sandemanians in London and Old Buckenham continued until at least 1910, when Laura Olive Fisher who was born In Old Buckenham went to work as a 20 year old house maid in the family of Alexander Frederick Blaikley in North London.

Links to other pages

This page is one of a series of pages about the Sandemanian Church in London. See My research into the London Sandemanian Church for the links to the other pages.


  1. https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/NFK/buckenham_old/StaxfordSandemainsMeetingHouse
  2. "Robert Sandeman to John Barnard, July 19, 1759", in "Supplementary Volume of Letters" by S. Morison, p. 69.
  3. Michael Faraday: Sandemanian and Scientist Book by Geoffrey Cantor, 1991, page 67 Palgrave Macmillan UK accessed by Trevor Pickup 24 March 2019
  4. letter 3184, Faraday to Benjamin Vincent 26 August 1856, published in The Correspondence of Michael Faraday: 1855-1860 History and Management of Technology Series Volume 5 of The Correspondence of Michael Faraday, Michael Faraday,

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