Memories of the Revd R Sinclair, assistant to the Revd William Turle
One of the chief remembrances of this period was the transitional state of the material parish. The state of things in Old Pye Street had practically been wiped out, and instead of houses in which manual training for the breach of the eighth commandment had been developed into a fine art, we had the present Peabody Buildings. Our excellent vicar, Mr Turle, assigned them to the present writer as his district - a new block for some 1,500 souls for one ordained to the diaconate in almost the very week of the Peabody’s being opened.
‘I remember with much gratitude the careful way in which our Vicar visited his parishioners and taught us how to do it well. … A Girl’s Club was started, and even in 1901, as one threads a way through the traffic round the Abbey, familiar greetings of old friends are heard and a flower or two exchange hands for auld lang syne. .. Temperance work under the devoted guidance of Mr Chapman and Mr Dudley Scott, was making some considerable progress in the parish. And with all the work that for want of workers had, alas! to be left undone, we look upon those years as in many ways happy ones; many were the discouragements, but many were the bright spots in that difficult part of our Lord’s vineyard. One is always proud of having been allowed to work there and to have learnt for future use elsewhere.