Rector William Stone
Rector of Christ Church Spitalfields between, at least, 1837 - 1845. At Recollections of Spitalfields we learn that Stone went on to become Canon of St. Paul's.
We found little information about Stone himself but did come across some fascinating evidence he gave under the heading "The moral condition of the weavers". Recorded in “The Sessional Papers of the House of Lords, in the Session 1840, Subject Hand-loom Weavers”: Stone, along with others, laments the falling off of worshipers in church. He dismisses as a mere pretext the weavers’ explanation of being unable to find decent clothing. Some of them have “admitted their indifference to public worship” and “a small proportion … is openly opposed to revealed truth.” Another witness, a missionary, reports “There is a body amongst them called Socialists, who meet in the Curtain-road on Sundays …. their principles are infidel or semi-infidel.” A fascinating window into a different time.