In one of the sermons by C H Spurgeon he gives proof to the fact that he visited Derbyshire on at least one occasion. Whether he came more often I am unaware. This fascinating information is confirmed in one of his sermons, which he preached in South Wales, in 1861. At the time Spurgeon would have been about 26 or 27 years old, having been born, in 1834. So as to not embarrass the people of the church he was speaking of, we will simply say that the church in Derbyshire was in the North-East of the county, not more than eight miles from where our church is, here in Crich.
Here then is the extract in which he refers to his visit. The extract is taken from notes in Spurgeon’s Sermons Volume 62: 1916, on the Sum and Substance of All Theology, a sermon delivered by C H Spurgeon, at the Bethesda Chapel, Swansea, on June 25th, 1861.
Spurgeon – The Doctrine of Election
J C Ryle
Just about three weeks prior to Mr. Spurgeon’s visit to Derbyshire, we too were greatly blessed to receive a visit here in Crich, from that other great Victorian preacher, J. C. Ryle. At the time, Ryle was Rector of the Parish Church, in Helmingham, Suffolk. Information about that visit can be found elsewhere on this website. Click this J C Ryle link to read about Ryle’s visit to Crich.