WOODD, Basil. b. Richmond, Surrey, 5 August 1760; d. Paddington Green, London, 12 April 1831. Woodd was educated by a clergyman and then at Trinity College, Oxford (BA 1782, MA 1785). He took Holy Orders (deacon 1783, priest 1784), becoming ‘lecturer’ (preacher) at St Peter’s, Cornhill, London (1784-1808). In 1785 he became preacher at Bentinck Chapel, Marylebone, London, a proprietary chapel that he purchased in 1793. He was also chaplain to the Marquis Townshend, and rector of Drayton Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire, from 1808.
Woodd was an energetic and resourceful figure in the London of his time. The sermon preached at his funeral by Daniel Wilson, was published as The Character of a Good...
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