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History Overview

The Boyle Lecture

St Mary’s was the location for many of the famous Boyle Lectures of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Three Rectors of the parish - Samuel Bradford (Rector from 1693 to 1720), Thomas Newton (1744-60) and William Van Mildert (1796-1820) gave Boyle Lectures during the series’ heyday. The Boyle Lectures have recently been revived at St Mary’s.

Information about the present Boyle Lectures - including transcripts and video - is available here: