Little attention has been given to the longer timeframe in Northern England with many content to place Brierley in the milieux feeding Seekerism and Quakerism.

Things are rarely that straightforward.

The centre of attention should perhaps shift eastwards rather than northwards.

A good place to start might be Collyer and the Guiseley area.

Not far away, in Bingley an ‘Antinomian Exercise’ came into being with familiar participants and less familiar ones who slot into place.



Brierley’s arrival (PDF download)

Sometime in early 1615 or before, some 20 years after these local enclosure maps, the chapelry of Grindleton (still part of Mitton and at least partly subservient to Waddington) decided to pay a new curate and chose, on the face of it, an entirely unremarkable character; a non-graduate, the son of a husbandman farmer from Rochdale…