|Leonard J. Abington | People from Stoke-on-Trent|
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Rev. Leonard J. Abington
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father: Leonard Joseph Abington Rev. Leonard James Abington wife:
(1) Harriet Munday (d.1808)
(2) Sarah Sandys
son: also named 'Leonard James Abington'
|1785||Born 17 Nov 1785 in London.|
|c.1800||L J Abington's grandmother (paternal) was converted to Christianity under the ministry of George Whitfield. She had an influence on him and around 1800 LJB joined the Baptist Church.|
|Leonard James Abington took the
trade of a pottery modeller.
Benjamin Wyatt (architect) employed him in decoration of the Drury Lane Theatre in London.
LJA carried out much of the decoration on the Bank of England.
|1807||Abington married Harriet Munday (who died in 1808)|
|1811||Abington married Sarah Sandys (daughter of a Baptist minister).|
|1819||Leonard moved from London to the Potteries (for 'health' reasons). At the invitation of Jacob Phillips a co-deacon with L.J. Abington at the 'Little Wild Street Church", Bloomsbury, London.|
|Abington worked at Phillips'
pottery which was located at the Church Works in Hanley.
Phillips' successor at this works was Joseph Mayer and Abington worked as a modeller for him.
|1820||LJA and Phillips reopened the Baptist Church in New Street, Hanley (now Goodson Street). Leonard James Abington and his father preached there (and also at Burslem) for some years.|
|1824||Edited the 'Pottery Mercury' a newspaper published by Thomas Allbut.|
|1832||At the Ironmarket, Newcastle a Baptist meeting house was registered. LJA became the pastor there.|
|1834||In an attempt to heal a division among the congregation of Hanley Baptist Church - he also became pastor there in 1834.|
|1834||Held the office of Chief Bailiff of Hanley and Shelton in 1834|
|1836||LJA helped to bring a lengthy strike in the pottery industry to an end.|
|1831-38||Leonard James Abington was in
partnership with William Ridgway
as William Ridgway &
LJA was works chemist and also improved the relief modelling on Ridgway jugs.
|Later Abington entered into partnership with Edward John Ridgway (one of William Ridgway's sons) as Ridgway & Abington|
|When Joseph Mayer died he left Abington £10,000 - Abington was then able to retire from business.|
|1867||Leonard James Abington died August 9th 1867 at Northwood, Hanley.|
British and Foreign Bible Society (Hanley Branch) - with William Ridgway and Josiah Wedgwood II, Leonard James Abington helped to found the Hanley Branch.
Abington was a life governor of the National Society (Church of England) for promoting religious education.
He had radical and Liberal political opinions.
Abington lectured to the Pottery Philosophical Society.