Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers

17 June -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of any Saint, page 527

Samuel Augustus Barnett was born in Bristol in 1844 and educated at Wadham College Oxford. Two years after his ordination, he founded the Charity Organisation Society. From 1873 to 1894, he was vicar of St Jude's Whitechapel, where his unorthodox methods, including evening schools and entertainments, aroused much criticism. However, he soon became recognised as a loyal priest, devoted to the religious and cultural improvement of the East End of London. In all his work, he was ably assisted by Henrietta his wife. Henrietta Octavia Weston Rowland was born in Clapham in 1851 and, before her marriage to Samuel in 1873, had been a co-worker with Octavia Hill. Samuel's spiritual gifts, combined with Henrietta's robust energy and assertive personality, made for a dynamic expression of Christian faith. Samuel died on this day at Hove in 1913; Henrietta died at Hampstead on 10 June 1936.