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High Church / Low Church

I'm beginning to notice some interesting patterns.

To the East of my house, the churches seem to be more High Church. These are generally not wealthy areas. But in the very poor areas (south east), there are some low church places.

To the north - in the affluent areas, there are more low churches. One or two middle of the road, but no seriously high church ones. But there are some seriously low church.

Is there a relationship to affluence and low church / high church, or is this simply a geographical anomaly?
Paul

I don't know. The average affluent middle-class white person is probably more likely to be Protestant and therefore 99% to be low church.
cyberman

Certainly in the nineteenth century, when it became legal to practice as a Catholic in the UK, the main Catholic areas were working class urban areas, and British Catholicism remains a largely urban phenomenon. Also, most high church Anglican parishes I know are urban. Out in the country, you tend to find Methodist, United Reform and other chapels (in England). So I see more of a urban/rural divide than a rich/poor one. I sometimes think of it as the people living in shitty cities needing to see something beautiful and therefore feeling drawn to a lavish liturgy and an ormanmented building.
Lexilogio

cyberman wrote:
Certainly in the nineteenth century, when it became legal to practice as a Catholic in the UK, the main Catholic areas were working class urban areas, and British Catholicism remains a largely urban phenomenon. Also, most high church Anglican parishes I know are urban. Out in the country, you tend to find Methodist, United Reform and other chapels (in England). So I see more of a urban/rural divide than a rich/poor one. I sometimes think of it as the people living in shitty cities needing to see something beautiful and therefore feeling drawn to a lavish liturgy and an ormanmented building.


That's interesting.

I would add another. Having moved around the country considerably over the years, there is a far larger pool of variant protestant organisations in Yorkshire than I've seen elsewhere (bar London). Is that a "North" thing - or its more urban generally?

I wonder if with Catholic / Protestant, the urban rural divide was that it was easier to hide Catholicism within urban areas?

Its interesting though.

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