Carey Country

For a comprehensive overview of Carey Country the website www.thecareyexperience.co.uk offers ‘The Carey Experience’ which is a tour of five sites in Northamptonshire and North Buckinghamshire connected with the life and work of William Carey, with displays and presentations at each site.

Discover the inspiration behind Carey, which transformed a nation and launched the modern mission movement.

There is also the book:

Travel with William Carey:  by Paul Pease. Day One publications. First printed 2005. An illustrated guide about William Carey’s life. Excellent for those who want to do The Carey Trail in Northamptonshire. The Carey family house in Moulton is now a little museum.

Our Trip to Carey Country 18th August 2014  

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Three generations of Jabez descendants, Helen and Emma Hammond, Jeannette Ellison and Ann Savage had a veryphoto 5 interesting day doing part of the Carey Trail with the help of Margaret Williams and Mollie Dunkley.  We met at the Church of St James the Great in Paulerspury where Mollie gave us delicious refreshments in the vestry.  We toasted The Revd William Carey DD whose birthdate was the previous day.

We were shown round the Church and saw the font where he was christened as a baby and the pew where the family sat.  Outside we saw the grave of his parents, Edmund and Elizabeth.  In the porch was a plaque to William Carey and the large stone tablet on the wall of the chancel was given by the Northampton Baptists Association in 1942 to commemorate the 150th year of the founding of the BMS.


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We continued the Carey Trail with Margaret and saw the Cairn marking the site of the cottage at Pury End where William was born and lived for six years.
The family then moved to the School House, the site of which is in the playground of the present day Primary School, near the church.  When William was fourteen, he was an apprentice shoemaker to Clarke Nichols in Piddington and we saw the remains of a stone wall of his workshop.  We were also shown the Church of St John the Baptist where William and Dorothy were married and the area where their cottage was situated.

The Revd Jenny Lee and her husband made us welcome at the Carey Baptist Church in Hackleton, which now stands next to thephoto 5 site of the Meeting House where William met the Dissenters and helped form them into a Church.  The original pulpit, where William preached his first sermon in 1781, is now in the present church building.  We went to the jetty nearby where Thomas Old’s workshop had been.  William moved there to continue his apprenticeship after Clarke Nichols died.  Following Old’s death, William was left to look after his business and family.  The Brook where Baptisms took place could be seen from there.

photo 2We then travelled to the Carey Baptist Church and Carey’s Cottage in Moulton, where Margaret is in charge of the small interesting Museum.  William, with Dorothy, moved there in 1785 to teach and to continue shoemaking.  They attended the nearby Baptist Meeting House and William was asked to be its Minister.  He enlarged and rebuilt the Church and since then there have been alterations, including a porch with a beautiful round stained glass missionary window with Carey’s famous words “Expect great things from God.  Attempt great things for God” in pewter on it.  There is also the remains of a stone tablet celebrating his achievements.  Margaret gave us a splendid lunch in an adjoining room.  This had a magnificent mural telling William Carey’s story in six parts and nearby there was a large painting of his birthplace by a man who had lived next door.  We were pleased to meet the new Minister, the Revd Stuart Dennis and then we visited Carey’s Cottage where Felix, William and Peter were born.  In the Museum, we saw many artefacts, including Carey’s stool, the stone trough he used for soaking materials and some tools of the time.  There was a copy of his World Map, the pewter communion goblets and plate and the pulpit he used in Moulton church.  There were also engravings, books, accounts, letters, copies of his translations and his original letter to Dorothy on the birth of their son, Jabez.

Jeannette was able to go with Margaret to meet the Revd David Milner at the Fuller Baptist Church in Kettering.  Having looked around the Church, they went upstairs to the Heritage Room.  This Museum brings the BMS to life with displays about many local Baptist Missionaries and Jeannette was particularly interested to see memorabilia connected with William Carey.  The Heritage Room is close to Widow Wallis’ house where the first meeting of the BMS took place on 2nd October 1792.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our day and were interested in learning more about our famous ancestor.  We were very grateful to those who guided us on the Carey Trail.