Sally Army founder visited Belper

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In 1904, founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, was driven around Great Britain, stopping off in cities, towns and villages to preach to the assembled crowds from inside his open-top car.

The Methodist preacher, who was incredibly revered and was received in audience by kings, emperors and presidents, was by this point in his 75th year and was recovering from a period of total blindness.

However, he was determined to make the trip, which included a stop over in Belper, and can be seen here preaching to the inmates at the town’s workhouse which was situated in the now Babington Hospital off the Derby Road.

Picture courtesy of Wood Collection and