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Rev. William Carey D.D (1761-1834). Initiated the modern missionary movement with the founding of the Particular Baptist Missionary Society in 1792. Figurehead of the 'Serampore Trio'. From his birth, to his arrival in India | Early progress and arrival at Mudnabatty | Photographs

Rev. Joshua Marshman D.D (1768-1837). William Ward's colleague and member of the Serampore Trio.

Rev. Andrew Fuller D.D (1754-1815). One of the founders of the Particular Baptist Missionary Society and the first Secretary of the Society. The rock on whom the Serampore Trio depended.

John Clark Marshman (1794 - 1877). First son of Joshua and Hannah Marshman, author of 'The Life and Times of Carey, Marshman and Ward, embracing the History of the Serampore Mission', and some time Principal of Serampore College.

Rev. J. D. G. Pike (1784-1854), and a history of the Brook Street General Baptist Chapel of the New Connexion, Derby. The minister of the Brook Street Chapel, one of the founders, and the first Secretary of the General Baptist Missionary Society.

Rev. Dan Taylor (1738-1816). Preached the open air sermon that founded the General Baptist denomination in Derby.

Abiah Darby of Coalbrookdale (1716-1794). Quaker evangelist and wife of Abraham Darby II. It was she who held the fateful meeting in Derby Town Hall on 17th August,1774, which changed the life of William Ward's mother. A small biography of Abiah's life is included with the approval of the Ebor Press, York, England, and is extracted from 'Abiah Darby of Coalbrookdale' by Rachel Labouchere, William Sessions Limited, York, 1988.



Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta. Founded in 1818 by William H. Pearce, (son of Rev. Samuel Pearce). Ward died in 1823 and the Serampore Printing Office closed in 1837. The printing work was transferred to Baptist Mission Press, Calcutta, which continued Ward's work until the early 1970's. BMP Brochure | A day on the life of a BMP Superintendent | BMP Heritage | BMP books on the internet

The Moravians | History | The Settlement at Ockbrook | Moravian routine, discipline and organisation | Schools | The Moravian Mission at Serampore | Carey and Ward's knowledge of the Moravians. Reproduced with the kind permission of the Moravian Church - British Province.

Job Charnock. The founder of Calcutta who married a Bengali widow who was about to be burnt in the Hindu ceremony called Suttee.

Government House, Calcutta. The magnificent home of the Governor-General built by Lord Wellesley and based architecturally on Kedleston Hall, five miles north of Derby. The scene of many important negotiations between Carey and Marshman, and the Government.

Maps and Views

A map of South East Asia. Showing the mission stations established by the senior missionaries from 1800 to 1815. The distance from East to West is above 5,000 miles. An enlarged version.

A map showing the languages of India. Based on a map in the 1926 edition of 'William Carey' by S. Pearce Carey. Courtesy Hodder and Stoughton.

A map of Calcutta from the mid 19th century. Based on a French made map. Courtesy 'The Centre for the Study of the Life and Work of William Carey D.D., 1761 - 1834'.

A map of the North-Eastern United States showing the towns and cities Ward visited in 1821, and who donated $9,561 towards Serampore College. An enlarged version.

A panoramic view of Derby dating from 1849. Showing places familiar to William Ward. 'A view of Derby from the East', from 'A History & Directory of the Borough of Derby', by Stephen Glover, 1843. Reproduced courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library.

A map of Derby in the time of William Ward. Showing places that feature in his story. Reproduced courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library.

Map of Birmingham dated 1828. Showing Cannon Street Baptist Meeting House. The Piggott-Smith Map of Birmingham, 1828. Courtesy Birmingham Local Studies Library.

Map of Nottingham dated 1744. Showing the Friar Lane Baptist Chapel. 'A New Plan of the Town of Nottingham, 1744'. Courtesy Nottingham City Libraries, Local Studies Library.

Map of Hull dated 1797. Hull in 1797, showing the George Street Particular Baptist Chapel, where the 'Hull Advertiser' offices were located, and where Ward possibly lived. Reproduced by kind permission of Hull City Archives. Copyright: 2004 Hull City Council.


Portraits of William Ward

1. Engraving of William Ward as a young man. Click on the portrait for a larger view

Caption: Revd. William Ward. Baptist Missionary at Serampore. Published by Button & Son, Paternoster Row, 1st October 1817. Meyer sc. Reproduced courtesy of Derby Local Studies Library.

2. Engraving taken from an artist's impression of William Ward baptising in the Hooghly. Click on the portrait for a larger view.

Caption: 'Mr. Ward baptizing a Hindoo in the Ganges at Serampore'. 'Go, teach all nations; baptizing them &c.' Matthew 28.19.
Engraved by Henry Meyer, Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury, London, after a painting by John Jackson Esq. R.A.
Published as the Act directs, June 4th, 1821, by Messrs Black, Kingsbury, Parbury & Allen, Leadenhall Street, London.

Reproduced courtesy Derby Local Studies Library.

William Ward's handwriting.

1. A hand written inscription on the title page of 'Select tracts earnestly recommended to the perusal of the well-disposed reader', printed at Serampore, 1803, reads 'L Millett, Aug 5th, 1805. W Ward'. The owner of the book has helpfully signed their own name on a different part of the page. Courtesy Derby Local Studies Library.

2. The inscription on the first page of Volume 2 of 'A view of the History, Literature and Mythology of the Hindoos', by W Ward, Second Edition, carefully abridged and greatly improved. Serampore, printed at the Mission Press, 1815, reads 'Dr. Charles Stuart, with the author's very affectionate regards, Cheltenham, Aug 9, 1819.' There is no signature. William was attending the Sanatorium at Cheltenham on account of his poor health at the time. Courtesy Derby Local Studies Library.

The third of only three examples of William Ward's handwriting in the Derby Local Studies Library is in Volume 1 of the above book and reads 'Cha Stuart, from the Author, Cheltenham, 1819'


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