As England shifted to a more puritan lifestyle, people were encouraged to behave with far more restraint. And Suffolk was at the heart of Purtian movement. Places like Dedham were famous for the ‘Tuesday Lectures’, where Puritan preachers would address the crowds of hundreds on market day about living a Godly life.
” Richard: So what was the subject of today’s lecture? Were all the great and good of Dedham in attendance?
Hokins: Aye. All that do buckle on the armour of the Lord. But the lecture was of the ungodly and how we must labour to bring all into the fold. The lecturer said that God could be likened to a shop keeper who will pack up his wares if there’s no custom and move elsewhere. “
The Ungodly, 2023
There was to be no drinking, no gambling, no fashionable clothes, no dancing, and no playing football on Sundays. They even banned unnecessary rowing in boats! It was easy to see how such a way of living could easily create a judgemental nation, and as people became more ingrained in showing God how restrained they could be, they became more judgemental of those who just wanted to have fun.