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. His works in­clude:

  1. God of the Ocean, Earth and Sky
  2. Lord, I Believe, Thy Power I Own
  3. Lord, While for All Mankind We Pray
  4. When My Love to God Grows Weak