Norwich, Norfolk, England - 1693 - Old Meeting House built by Norwich Non-conformists
...In 1662 the Act of Uniformity ejected any minister who could not or would not adhere to official Church of England doctrine. Some of these dissenting clergymen simply did not feel they could agree to the 1662 Prayer Book, and were forced to leave the Church of England.
Many of the leading Dissenters of Norwich were Congregationalists, and they included among their numbers some of the wealthiest and most influential members of Norwich society. Life was difficult for the Dissenters, but in 1689 the Act of Toleration made it legal for them to build and own property. As a result, they could officially own their ow meeting place for the first time. The result of this legal change was the Old Meeting House, built in 1693, just over 3 years after the Act took effect...
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