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The National Churches of England, Ireland, and Scotland 1801-46$
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Stewart J. Brown

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242351.001.0001

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Hopes Frustrated: The Peel Government and the Established Churches, 1841–1846

Hopes Frustrated: The Peel Government and the Established Churches, 1841–1846

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(p.324) 5 Hopes Frustrated: The Peel Government and the Established Churches, 1841–1846
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The National Churches of England, Ireland, and Scotland 1801-46
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Stewart J. Brown

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242351.003.0005

This chapter deals with the continuing hopes and frustrations that the established Churches of Britain faced from 1841 to 1846. Sir Robert Peel, who was appointed Prime Minister, believed that there were real abuses that needed reform within the established Churches. His appointment offered hope to the established Churches that they would be able to gain support from Parliament. However, Peel's appointment was accompanied by other problems, including a severe downturn in the economy that resulted from poor harvests. Because of these, Peel was pressured (to increase church accommodation and Parliament support to the established Churches) by not only the church leaders, but also the parliament. Everything led to the resignation of Peel as Prime Minister, the conversion to free trade, and disruption of the established Church of Scotland.

Keywords:   Sir Robert Peel, Churches of Britain, British Parliament, free trade, Church of Scotland, economic problems, Church reform

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