The Boathouse Corps is a new book

by Bernard Smith

When The Salvation Army came to Reading in 1881 it took possession of a boathouse by the River Kennet as its centre of operations. Despite violent opposition from people associated with the brewing industry it achieved phenomenal growth and was soon attracting thousands to its revivalist meetings. When it was forced to leave the boathouse a new building was constructed in Willow Street from where it continued to attract large numbers that had previously been untouched by any religion. It was from that early membership that several families have helped to maintain and develop the Army′s work over the past 133 years in Reading and around the world. Four men from that group of converts emerged to become leading figures in the international Salvation Army. One of them, General Edward Higgins, took charge of the worldwide Salvation Army at a time of crisis.
107 pages


1. On the way to the Boathouse
2. At the Boathouse
3. General William Booth visits the Boathouse
4. A difficult time
5. In the Salvation Temple
6. Families in the early corps
7. Commissioner David Rees
8. Commissioner Edward Higgins
9. General Edward Higgins
10. Colonel Charles Miles
11. Men in prison
12. The heritage of the Boathouse Corps
Annex 1 − Plans of the Salvation Temple
Annex 2 − Corps Officers at the Boathouse Corps

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Dr Bernard Smith, 51, Crescent Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AH.
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