Thomas Cooper – Victorian Gainsborough’s Radical Writer

Gainsborough Heritage Centre is hosting a talk, on Wednesday 23 May 2018, to be hosted by Pilgrims and Prophets Christian Heritage Tours by Adrian Gray. The talk is titled, ‘Thomas Cooper – Victorian Gainsborough’s Radical Writer’ at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2NB.

Cooper rose from obscurity in Gainsborough to be a radical journalist, poet, Chartist and prisoner, but he was also a great preacher worthy of greater fame. He began life in Leicester and was apprenticed to a shoemaker however, he decided to educate himself and at 23 he became a schoolmaster. In 1828, Cooper opened a school in Gainsborough and preached in the villages around Gainsborough however, due to divisions between himself and his Wesleyan Methodist superiors, Cooper embarked on a new future.

To find out more about Thomas Cooper’s story come along to the talk which will begin promptly at 7.30pm and the cost will be £4.00 with tea and biscuits available during the interval.

Further details can be obtained about the talk by email: chairman@gainsboroughheritage.com or call 01427 610526.

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Gainsborough House

Gainsborough House Community Centre is surrounded by well-maintained gardens in an attractive town centre location, adjacent to the Parish Church and Gainsborough Old Hall. There is limited car parking for approximately six cars during the day and during the evening unrestricted road parking.

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