William Carey’s Birthplace

Last week, while we were in England, we had the opportunity to birthplace of William Carey in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, England.

According to Wikipedia, “William Carey (17 August 1761 – 9 June 1834) was an English Baptist missionary and a Reformed Baptist minister, known as the ‘father of modern missions.’ Carey was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. As a missionary in the Danish colony, Serampore, India, he translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages and dialects.”

I really enjoyed reading his biography several years ago, and many people greatly admired his ministry.  You can learn more about his ministry here.  It was pretty amazing to see the church were he grew up.  His father was Parish Clerk and Schoolmaster at the old Anglican church where he grew up.  His father and mother are buried at this church.  Below is a video of the church.  Our guide was a lady named Molly who is the caretaker of the church.  In the video you will see the two plagues above celebrating his connnection with the church.

Just across the field from the church is a little part of the village of Paulerspury called Pury’s End, which is where William Carey was born.  The road connecting Pury’s End to Paulerspury is called Carey’s Road.

The house where Carey was born was torn down in the 1960s, but there is a plague in front of the two houses that marks his birthplace.  The stones surrounding the plague are made from the house where he was born.

There is nothing magical about visiting his birthplace and we certainly are not to worship or treat men like Carey as more than a man, yet his life can be an inspiration and example to us to love God, love souls, and “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”  Below is a video that we made at the place of his birth.  May God raise up many more people like William Carey.
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