Savoy Conference

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The Savoy Conference of 1661 was a significant liturgical discussion that took place, after the Restoration of Charles II, in an attempt to effect a reconciliation within the Church of England.


It was convened by Gilbert Sheldon, in his lodgings at the Savoy Hospital in London.

It was attended by commissioners: 12 Anglican bishops, and 12 representative ministers of the Puritan and Presbyterian factions. Each side also had nine deputies (called assistants or coadjutors). The nominal chairman was Accepted Frewen, the Archbishop of York. The object was to revise the Book of Common Prayer. Richard Baxter for the Presbyterian side presented a new liturgy, but this was not accepted. Shortly afterwards the Anglican church split, with the dissenting Nonconformists largely leaving.

In 1662 the Act of Uniformity followed.


The nominated commissioners and deputies were as follows:[1]

For the presbyterians:


On the episcopal side there were:

On the presbyterian side there were:

There was to have been one more deputy on the presbyterian side, Roger Drake. A clerical error caused his name to appear as "William Drake" in the official document, and he did not actually attend.[2]


  • "Order of the Savoy Conference," in Gee and Hardy Documents Illustrative of English Church History, pp. 588–594 (London, 1896)
  • Prof. C. W. Shields, Book of the Common Prayer . . . as amended by Westminster Divines, 1661 (Philadelphia, 1867; new edition, New York, 1880).
  • D. Neal, History of the Puritans, part iv (New York, 1863)


  1. Listed in John Henry Blunt, The Annotated Book of Common Prayer (1872).
  2. Frank Bate, The Declaration of indulgence, 1672: a study in the rise of organised dissent (1908), p. 18.