Born: De­cem­ber 12, 1800, Poug­hill, De­von­shire, Eng­land.

Died: June 9, 1881, St. Ma­ry­le­bone, Eng­land.


Wreford trained for the Un­i­tar­i­an min­is­try at Man­ches­ter Col­lege, York.

In 1826, he suc­ceed­ed James Yates as co-pas­tor to John Kent­ish at the New Meet­ing in Birm­ing­ham. In 1831, his voice failed, and he with­drew from the min­is­try.

In con­junc­tion with Hugh Hut­ton, he op­ened a school at Edg­bas­ton, Birm­ing­ham. In 1837, he con­trib­ut­ed 55 hymns to John Rel­ly Beard’s Col­lec­tion of Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate Wor­ship. Wre­ford al­so wrote sev­er­al vol­umes of verse, main­ly de­vo­tion­al.

During this time he wrote a num­ber of un­pub­lished hymn tunes and an­thems.

Wreford spent the lat­ter years of his life in re­tire­ment in Bris­tol.




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