Churches and Churchgoers

CGHRobert Currie, Alan Gilbert and Lee Horsley, Churches and Churchgoers: Patterns of Church Growth in the British Isles since 1700 (Clarendon Press, Oxford).

Churches and Churchgoers was a landmark text written and compiled by Robert Currie, Alan Gilbert and Lee Horsley. It was originally published by the prestigious Clarendon Press in 1977.

Data tables reproduced here with the kind permission of the authors, who went on to notable careers in the study of contemporary politics in the case of the late Robert Currie, academic leadership for the late Alan Gilbert, and in literary scholarship for Lee Horsley.

The links below direct you to the series published in the original text.

Annual Church Membership in Britain, 1900-1970.

Church of England: Numbers of clergy, 1807-1971.

Anglican Communion Membership and Communicants, England, Wales and Scotland, 1877-1970.

Presbyterian Communicants, Scotland, England and Ireland, 1840-1970.

Methodist Membership, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, 1767-1970.

Other Nonconformist members, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, 1772-1970.

Estimated Catholic Population of England and Wales, and Scotland, 1887-1970.

Membership of the Churches of Christ, Latter Day Saints, Church of the Nazarene, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moravian Church, New Church, Religious Society of Friends, and Seventh Day Adventists in Britain, 1821-1970.

Great Britain Totals: Baptists, Catholics, Congregationalists, Methodists, Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1767-1970.

Church of England Baptisms, Sunday School Scholars and Confirmations, 1872-1970.

Church of Scotland Baptisms, Sunday School Scholars, Admissions and Removals, 1876-1970 (Scotland only).

Baptisms and Sunday School data for the Free Church of Scotland, United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, United Free Church of Scotland and Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1851-1970.

Presbyterian Church of England, 1876-1970: Baptisms, Sunday School Scholars, Gains and Losses.

Presbyterian Church of Wales, 1895-1970: Children, Probationers, Sunday School Scholars, Congregation, Gains and Losses.

United Methodist Free Churches, 1857-1907: Sunday School Scholars, Junior Members, Members on Trial, Removals, Withdrawals, Deaths.

United Methodist Church, 1907-1932: Sunday School Scholars, Junior Members, Members on Trial, Members Removed from Circuit, Other Exits, Deaths.

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Great Britain, 1855-1932: Sunday School Scholars, Junior Members, Members on Trial, Gains and Losses.

Methodist Church, Great Britain, 1932-1970: Sunday School Scholars, Junior Members, Members on Trial, Gains and Losses.

Other Churches, 1851-1970: Baptists, Congregationalists, Bible Christians, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church. Baptisms, Sunday School Scholars, Adherents, Adult Conversions.

Theosophical Society Membership, 1907-1970.

Rationalist Association and British Humanist Association Membership, 1899-1970.

Clergy Numbers for Other Churches, 1790-1970: Church of Scotland, Free Church of Scotland, United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, United Free Church of Scotland, Baptists, Congregationalists, Presbyterian Church of Wales, Assemblies of God, Christian Science, Salvation Army, Unitarians, Roman Catholic Church.

Number of Church Buildings, 1801-1971.

Census of Religious Worship, 1851: England and Wales.

Census of Religious Worship, 1851: Scotland.

Census of Ireland and Northern Ireland, 1861-1971.

Religious and Civil Marriages, Great Britain and Ireland, 1838-1972.

Religious Broadcast Audiences for the BBC and ITV, 1940-1970.